U.S. DoE Gives Solar Roadways $100,000 Contract For Solar Road Panels

Posted Sep 14, 2009

When the government invests in a company, you know that company is on to something big.  Solar Roadways received a $100,000 grant to develop “the first ever Solar Road panel.”  What this means is that road panels embedded on highways will be able to create electricity that can be reused.  The Solar Road panel will also be able to warn drivers about highway conditions such as an accident or construction.  Each panel would cost about $7,000 initially.  I’m surprised that the DoE only invested $100,000 considering how ambitious this project is.  But perhaps that should be enough to create some impressive prototypes to wow them for more money.