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Pressed for Space, Solar Farms Are Getting Creative

Jessica Nix of Bloomberg reports on the creative ways that solar farms are saving space.

The C3 Take
  • To maximize land use, solar panels are being installed on parking lot canopies, former golf courses, and floating on bodies of water like lakes and reservoirs.
  • Decommissioned sites like landfills and former industrial plants make good locations for solar farms since they have grid connections and limited reuse opportunities.
  • Solar panels are also being incorporated into public art installations and smaller decorative applications, combining renewable energy with creative design.

“As solar gains momentum, its champions are getting more creative about where to place panels. There are solar arrays on top of big-box stores, solar arrays on yachts and solar farms that float. There are panels small enough to work on a balcony and even small enough to attach to a smartphone. To minimize clearing land, engineers are also working on incorporating the technology into existing infrastructure. From landfills to art installations, here are five unexpected places you can find a solar farm — or at least some strategically placed panels.”

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