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Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar Roadways Raises $1.67 Million, 22 Days Left On IndieGogo (VIDEO)

May 30th, 2014 by  

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:

Video: Solar Roadways Raises $1.5 Million And Counting (via Gas 2.0)

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…

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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