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Sonoma County building ‘floatovoltaic’ project

Whatever floats your solar.

In the wine country of Sonoma County, California, that would be the largest “floatovoltaic” solar project in the U.S.  The 12.5-megawatt installation, one of the largest projects of its kind in the world, would produce enough electricity to power 3,000 homes when it comes online next year.

The thought behind “floatovoltaics” is to put solar installations in areas with limited acreage but access to bodies of water large enough and stable enough to hold floating projects.  The Sonoma project would be anchored on docks across six irrigation wastewater ponds.  Sonoma County has 1,400 irrigation storage ponds capable of supporting floatovoltaic projects.

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