At Smart Commercial Solar, we are always on the hunt for innovative ideas and installations. Here's a good one. Infratech will soon install a floating solar-power farm on a wastewater treatment facility in Jamestown, Southern Australia. This innovative development will produce both efficient solar energy for the town as well as improve the quality of the wastewater treatment. By floating above cool water, Infratech's solar farm will be kept cool throughout the day, which will promote up to 57 percent greater efficiency than land-based solar plants. Likewise, the solar panels will prevent the photosynthesis of blue-green algae on the wastewater treatment facility, which has been a consistent issue. Like Infratech's inventive use of wastewater treatment facilities, common areas everywhere can be utilized to produce solar energy. The installation of a floating solar farm on a wastewater treatment is not so different from converting a carpark into a solar-power generating location. It's all about imagining how we can use under-utilised assets in better ways. Where else can solar work? That's the question we should all be asking.
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An Australian-first floating solar power plant is expected to be operational in South Australia by early April, with construction about to begin.
The plant will float on a wastewater treatment facility in Jamestown in the state's mid north.
Felicia Whiting of Infratech Industries said the plant was designed so that much of the construction could be carried out offsite and slotted together at the facility.
"We should see some plant on the site within about two weeks," Ms Whiting said.
She also explained that as the solar panels were floating they would be kept cool by the water mass, making them about 57 per cent more efficient than land-based solar panels.
"It prevents water evaporation up to 90 per cent of the surface area covered, and for dry states and dry climates that's a big water saving measure," Ms Whiting said.