Solar Dead-End?

Tourouvre au Perche, a village in France that I am destined to keep Ctrl-Ving, made news last month in unveiling the first solar road.  The one kilometer stretch of street is made up of 2800 solar panels coated with resin and silicon and engineered to withstand traffic.

Critics have complained of the cost, 10 million euro, and the fact that the Normandy region where the road was built only receives 44 days of strong sunshine a year.  Proponents claim that the road is a technological advance that will provide information about solar panel durability and efficiency.

Solar panel road in Tourouvre-au-Perche

Washington State has seen some the same claims.  Our rainy climate coupled with low cost of power has critics wondering why the state supports solar panel advancement.  Western Washington University’s solar window could be a huge step forward in solar technology, its effects would benefit the state, the country, and the world at large.  Seems like a pretty good investment to me.

Image from: The Guardian

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