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Are 'solar canals' the answer to California's megadrought? 

Shielding canals with solar panels could conserve billions of gallons of water and generate local renewable energy in the US. Image: Unsplash/Sungrow EMEA

Roger Bales

Distinguished Professor of Engineering,, University of California

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The solar panel canals will be able to reduce evaporation. Image: The Conversation

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The canals are integral to the Californian water supply. Image: The Conversation

A diagram explaining how using solar panels to cover canals could be beneficial
Solar panels installed over canals increase the efficiency of both systems. Image: The Conversation/Brandi McKuin

An example of what the solar panel coverage would look like in reality
An example of what the solar panel coverage would look like in reality. Image: The Conversation/Solar Aquagrid LLC

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