Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs

By Renewable Energy World By Roger Bales, University of California, Merced and Brandi McKuin, University of California, Santa Cruz

Climate change and water scarcity are front and center in the western U.S. The region’s climate is warming, a severe multi-year drought is underway and groundwater supplies are being overpumped in many locations.

Western states are pursuing many strategies to adapt to these stresses and prepare for the future. These include measures to promote renewable energy development, conserve water, and manage natural and working lands more sustainably.

As engineers working on climate-smart solutions, we’ve found an easy win-win for both water and climate in California with what we

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