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Crunching the numbers on floating solar

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By Sara Verbruggen

A major new study
published by the World Bank has
underlined the scale of the opportunity
represented by floating solar systems,
but highlighted issues of cost,
bankability and regulation still
facing this emerging branch
of the solar industry. Sara
Verbruggen reports on
the first serious piece of
heavyweight analysis
of the prospects for
floating solar

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