Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan28
Solar Roadways Raises $1.67 Million, 22 Days Left On IndieGogo (VIDEO)
May 30th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
We’ve published articles on this Solar Roadways team many times over the years. It seems that the same discussion follows — many people are very critical of this idea since putting solar panels on rooftops is much cheaper.
However, this isn’t really an issue of solar rooftops versus solar roads. This is an issue of solar rooftops + normal roads versus solar rooftops + solar roads. The solar roads would be competing with conventional roads.
I think everyone is well aware now that underneath roads isn’t the best place to stick solar panels, as the roads will get dirty, scratched, shaded, and so on. However, conventional roads never “pay for themselves” since the don’t directly generate anything, whereas these solar roadways would supposedly be able to do so.
All that said, I haven’t crunched the numbers on this or closely examined the assumptions. If it interests you, feel free to do so and drop them in the comments below. I assume the 38,586 people who pledged to fund the project on IndieGogo (bringing it up above $1.67 million with 22 days still remaining) did crunch the numbers…. Well, actually, I assume the large majority didn’t. But they should have.
Here’s a bit more from Chris on the campaign and overall idea:
The far-out idea of replacing America’s asphalt roads with solar panels apparently has plenty of appeal. The Solar Roadways IndieGoGo campaign has raised some $1.5 million to use towards research and development of this cutting-edge solution to our…
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
Own or lease an electric car? Complete out EV Owner/Lessee Survey.