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HMC Undergraduate

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Engineering (HMC)

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A feasibility design and cost estimate was completed for a 1 megawatt photovoltaic (PV) facility which would float on an island reservoir at Catalina Island off the coast the coast of Southern California. If built, this project would be one of the largest PV operating facilities to date and also the first floating PV system. The modular facility consists of 250 floating platforms each supporting 430 square feet of flat panel PV cells. This facility would provide 25% of Catalina's yearly peak energy demand and reduce the amount of diesel fuel used.

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