Looking to the Sun

A solar array at the Phoenix water utility reduces consumption of grid power and will help keep water rates stable for 20 years.
Looking to the Sun
A staff member measures suction pressure during a test of the treatment plant’s pumps (Nidec Motor Corp).

In the desert, rainfall may be scarce but the tap water supply is reliable and sunlight is plentiful. Phoenix (Ariz.) Water Services is harnessing sunshine to create electricity for its Lake Pleasant drinking water treatment plant. By using solar power to offset 50 percent of the...

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