Solar Roadways, a new $1m IndieGoGo campaign.

“Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. We are about to wrap up our Phase II contract (to build a prototype parking lot) and now need to raise funding for production”

Maybe those few ‘bankrupt’ US cities that are starting to gift their smaller side-roads to residents (for want of the taxpayer funds to maintain them) may come to regret that choice, if small quiet wide roads can be turned from liabilities into power generators?

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The panels are very tough, designed to withstand heavy trucks and storm water inundation. Their installation would entail a slight redesign of the roadway, which could slow traffic a little — and thus contribute to the economic viability and liveability of the urban fabric alongside the roadway.

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