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Now scientists want to make rain while the sun shines

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S solar energy abundance is common knowledge. Now a CSIRO-led team wants to know if that power might one day be harnessed to make rain.

CSIRO climate scientist Alberto Troccoli said large clusters of wind turbines were known to have an effect on micro-climates. His team is among the first in the world to investigate whether vast arrays of solar photovoltaic panels in one location might have a modifying — and controllable — impact on rainfall patterns.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/now-scientists-want-to-make-rain-while-the-sun-shines-20121105-28ule.html