This weekend Sandpoint, Idaho, celebrated the debut of a local start-up company's idea for "solar roadways." Ultimately, the entrepreneurs envision roads, sidewalks and parking lots doing double duty as power plants.
Solar Roadways company co-founder Scott Brusaw says you can walk and drive across the sturdy solar panels.
“My ultimate goal is to have it so cost reduced by the time we are really cranking these things out that the homeowner should be able to go to Home Depot or Lowes and pick them up and hire one of their installers who would be trained by us how to hook it all up,” Brusaw said.
Brusaw said the solar road panels can be set to melt snow and ice too. The initial 150-square foot installation in downtown Sandpoint is a government funded demonstration project. The jury is still out on the long-term practicality and durability of the concept.
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