Floating solar panels are addressing the challenges that are associated with conventional solar systems.

FREMONT, CA: Solar energy is gradually transforming the energy industry. Although rooftop solar panels are the most popular installation that contributes to solar energy, factors such as obstructions, shade, age, and available space are leading the homeowners to search for better alternatives. These challenges can be addressed by floating solar panels. A floating solar panel is just like any other solar panel but floats on water. The panel must be affixed to a structure that will hold it stable. 

A floating solar panel contains an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels that are attached to a structure such as a raft. The raft floats on a water body, usually a reservoir or a lake. According to pvbuzz media, such a collection of panels can turn a water body into a solar power plant. Rafts supporting solar panels also have walkways for the workers to perform maintenance. Further, any material used to construct a floating solar panel must be compatible with the aquatic environment. Despite these requirements, there are various advantages of a floating solar panel.

Floating solar panels offer significant economic advantages when compared to depending on traditional solar panels. Such solar panels are especially useful for places with limited land space, like islands, to rely on water bodies for capturing solar energy. A relatively low lease price and installation expense contribute to the return on the investment needed to construct a project. The panel manufacturing process is also streamlined, thereby contributing to low production costs. Thus, system prices are getting increasingly competitive and are good for the firms eyeing to install floating solar panels. The floating solar panels outplay their rooftop counterparts in terms of efficiency as well. The constantly evaporating water keeps the floating panels cooler, thereby enhancing their operational efficiency.

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