North Unit plans floating solar panels for its main canal | News – Blue Mountain Eagle

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BEND — The installation of floating solar panels in an irrigation canal sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but the North Unit Irrigation District, which delivers water from Oregon’s Deschutes River to Jefferson County farmers, is hoping to make it a reality.

The Biden administration recently announced it was issuing the district $2.55 million to kick-start North Unit’s floating photovoltaic solar panel project. Millions more are needed to build a network of panels and generate significant amounts of power, but the district said this funding lays the seeds for future development.

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