The world is warming up to floating solar farms

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Various countries constructing floating solar installations

Countries across the globe are investing millions each year on a wide array of renewable energy initiatives — solar-, wind- and hydro-based projects, just to name a few.

One particular type of solar energy initiative has been making waves in multiple countries: floating solar panel installations. Here’s a look at some recent happening with this unique type of solar power build.

England

Just this week, England powered up Europe's largest floating solar installation. The solar farm floats in a reservoir near Heathrow airport, has a surface area of 57,000 square meters, utilizes more than 23,000 solar panel modules.

Brazil

Also this week, Brazil announced a new project that will involve placing thousands of floating solar panels on a reservoir. The goal, according to Brazilian officials, is that the introduction of the floating solar farm will eventually help power more than 400,000 homes.

United States

In New Jersey, engineering firm RETTEW began work on one largest floating solar arrays in the U.S. The ultimate goal for the new floating solar farm is to provide 4 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year to help power the Bordentown Avenue Water Treatment Plant.