France completes a solar-panel road

The first road equipped with solar panels is up and running in France.

The 0.6-mile stretch of road is full of 2,800 square metres of solar panels with the goal of generating power for the street lights in a village called Tourouvre-au-Perche where 3,400 people live. The road is utilized by around 2,000 cars a day and will be monitored over the next two years.

Here is more from The Guardian.

“Colas [the constructor] said the panels have been covered with a resin containing fine sheets of silicon, making them tough enough to withstand all traffic, including HGVs.”

The solar innovation we are seeing across the world is pretty remarkable. Just recently we told you about a solar-powered jacket that may be able to charge your phone and a solar-powered, floating tube that could turn salt water into drinking water. Not to mention the news that solar installations drove 60 percent of the new electric generating capacity additions in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2016, which was a new record.

Solar energy is here to stay.

You can be part of the clean energy/solar movement right here in the Sacramento region and save on your energy bill at the same time.

Contact us for a free site visit and solar needs analysis, or simply give us a call with any questions you may have at 916.853.2700.

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