Floating Solar Lands in the US Looking to Make Major Waves

June 7, 2016

San Francisco, CA—May 31, 2016—International alternative floating PV leader Ciel et Terre extends their large­scale floating photovoltaic (PV) technology to the U.S. with a new team in Petaluma, CA, and manufacturing facility in Georgia to provide a system that is entirely Made in the USA. Established in 2006 as a renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP), Ciel et Terre offers an affordable and unique alternative to ground or rooftop mounted solar systems.

Hydrelio® The innovative design of the floating Hydrelio® platform allows standard solar PV panels to be installed on large man­made bodies of water such as industrial reservoirs, dams or irrigation ponds. This is especially valuable for energy and water intensive industries such as water treatment plants and reclamation facilities, wineries and dairy farms that cannot afford to waste resources.

Floating PV Benefits Hydrelio® creates a new use for the surface area of commercial and industrial bodies of water, which are typically unobscured from the sun, kept out of vision and located near energy­intensive processes. In addition to the direct benefits of generating renewable energy and avoiding the use of valuable land, Ciel et Terre’s floating PV technology brings a multitude of other benefits to the environment. By covering a significant surface area on the body of water, the system conserves water by reducing evaporation, while the shading from its panels limits algae growth. The floating PV arrays present absolutely no dangers or risks to surrounding habitats or wildlife when implemented. Furthermore, the solar panels operate more efficiently and produce more energy due to the natural cooling effect emitted through the water.

Proven Globally It is estimated that by 2020, solar will provide more than 3.5% of U.S. electricity and by 2050 will generate more than 10% of the world’s energy. Countries where Hydrelio® has already been deployed are looking to achieve similar renewable energy generation goals to reap the economic and climate benefits associated with solar, without sacrificing valuable land resources.

A prime example where usable land space is limited is in Japan, a country that imports nearly $60 billion in agricultural products a year. Ciel et Terre has designed and implemented over 40 Mega­Watts (MWp) of floating solar generation across 20 plants in Japan, including the world’s largest floating PV project under construction on the Yamakura Dam (50,904 floating solar panels).


Hydrelio® has also been installed at the London Queen Elizabeth II drinking water reservoir, which is currently Europe’s largest floating PV project with a total installed peak capacity of 6.3 megawatts using 23,046 floating solar panels.

“Floating PVs will be the new driving force to a cleaner Earth,” says Bernard Prouvost, Founder and Chairman of Ciel et Terre International. “Hydrelio is the most efficient alternative means of providing renewable energy to the millions while never disrupting the natural aesthetic environment it is placed in. Other countries have witnessed the great benefits, now it’s time for the U.S. too.”

The company has implemented projects in seven countries, including Japan, Korea, China, UK, France, Brazil, and most recently in the United States with demo systems in California and Florida. With more than 40 MWp of solar PV power production currently utilizing the Hydrelio® system, Ciel et Terre will be expanding to 100 MWp of floating solar in 2016.

About Ciel et Terre Established in 2006 as a renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP), Ciel et Terre has been fully devoted to floating solar PV since 2011. The company pioneered the first specific and industrialized system –named Hydrelio to make solar panels float on water, with criteria such as cost­effectiveness, safety, longevity, resistance to winds and waves, simplicity, drinking water compliance and optimized electrical yield.

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From left: Matt Hacker, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Marco Tule, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Board President; Gil Aldaco, Chino Basin Water Conservation District Board Treasurer; Curt Hagman, San Bernardino County Supervisor; Elizabeth Skrzat, CBWCD General Manager; Mark Ligtenberg, CBWCD Board President; Kati Parker, CBWCD Board Vice President; Teri Layton, CBWCD Board member; Amanda Coker, CBWCD Board member.