France Wants To Install 1,000 Km Of Solar Roadways Over The Next Five Years

The French government has announced that it wants to pave 1,000 Km (621 miles) of road with solar panels over the next five years. The announcement was made by the minister of ecology and energy, Ségolène Royal, during a press conference.

In 2014, the Netherlands built the world’s first solar bike path, a 70-metre stretch named SolaRoad. The proof of concept performed even better than expected, generating, after six months, enough electricity to power a small household for a year.

The first tests will become in spring: according to French infrastructure company Colas, which has developed the photovoltaic road surface (called “Wattway”) to be used in the trials, 1-km-long section of road will be able to power public street ligthing for a town of 5,000 inhabitants.

-More at Forbes


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