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Let’s use our solar energy for our water

Posted: July 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

It seems incomprehensible that with the great shortage of water for this state, trillions of gallons of water lie off the cost and remains unused by those affected most.

Yes, of course the water is saline and requires treatment before it can be used for crops and general use.

California is blessed or cursed with sunshine in abundance. We have the technology to convert that sunshine to power.

Solar energy can be used for desalination without pollution or expense beyond the equipment to conduct this enterprise.

The cost would increase the state revenue in taxes by assessing farmers who produce their crops for market. The process is one that can be sold to other states in great need of water.

I think of any and all states bordered by salt water and suffering drought. The benefits far outweigh the cost.

An almost unlimited product and power source demand attention.

Even the salt by-product can be sold to geographically close states that suffer the winters with ice and excess snow.

 

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