Surfer Kelly Slater opens solar-powered wave pool in California’s Central Valley

World Famous Professional Surfer Kelly Slater recently opened up a 100% solar-powered wave pool in the most unlikely of places: California’s Central Valley, or a place some consider the drought capital of the U.S.

The project, which has been under wraps and in the works since 2005, was officially announced on December 18th as being complete.

Slater’s wavepool was one of the first California businesses to partner with PG&E’s Solar Choice program, according to a BusinessWire press release:

“We are committed to encouraging sustainable development at any site using our technology. As part of this commitment, we are pleased that our first site in Central California is 100 percent powered by solar energy through PG&E’s Solar Choice. This program allows Kelly Slater Wave Company to not only be a pioneer in wave technology, but also in supporting sustainable power initiatives as we act environmentally through an alternative to installing solar panels and fulfill our vision of building the best man-made wave,” said Noah Grimmett, General Manager of Kelly Slater Wave Company.

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