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Posted on October 7, 2016 by  & 

World's first ever public installation of Solar Roadways

The city of Sandpoint, Idaho is where Solar Roadways has completed its first public installation at Jeff Jones Town Square. Solar Roadways is a modular system of specially engineered solar panels that can be walked and driven upon. The panels contain LED lights to create lines and signage without paint. They contain heating elements to prevent snow and ice accumulation. The panels have microprocessors allowing the panels to communicate with each other, a central control station, and vehicles.
 
Solar Roadways panels are made of glass, specifically formulated tempered glass, which can support the weight of semi-trucks. The glass has a tractioned surface which is equivalent to asphalt.
 
Officially opened in 2005, the Jeff Jones Town Square serves as a central gathering place for the greater Sandpoint Community. It's the focal point for many popular events in Sandpoint.
 
The Solar Roadways installation is 150 square feet and contains 30 Solar Roadways SR3 panels which have a walkable/bikeable surface. The surface is virtually maintenance free due to heating technology built into the panels
 
Solar Roadway's hope is to have their first manufacturing facility in Sandpoint, and support the local economy with job creation.
 
 
Source and top image: Solar Roadways
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