Energy Independence for America: Solar Highways

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This is a great example of thinking outside of the box: Solar powered highways!

H/t my dear friend Lisa.
A solar roadway is a road surface that generates electricity by solar photovoltaics. One current proposal is for 12 ft x 12 ft solar panels that can be driven on, which eventually will replace highways, roads, parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. It is claimed that doing so across the United States could generate three times as much electricity as is needed to power the country and almost enough to power the world.
Solar Roadways, run by Scott and Julie Brusaw in Idaho, has been awarded a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research research by the US Department of Transportation to develop Solar Road Panels prototypes. [Source: Wikipedia]
Oregon has built America’s first solar highway although the power is generated from solar panels installed along the highway instead of embedded in the road itself:

Thinking outside of the box is called “lateral thinking.” Want to see how well you think outside of the box? Take this quiz. 😉
~Eowyn

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