Solar Roadway units are connectable solar panels strong enough to be used as pavers for parking lots, roads, highways, bike paths, sidewalks and driveways. The panels can be built to create digital road displays and signs, and they can be used in larger areas such as parks and playgrounds to power street lights, community centers, and other public facilities. The positive implications of powering the country through our roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are staggeringly provocative.
Carbon Emissions and United States Infrastructure
A Solar Roadway power infrastructure could mean a major impact on global climate change. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/global.html The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the United States contributes 19 % of the global carbon dioxide emissions, and because America’s infrastructure contains a vast amount of roadways and highways, the potential for generating a large power source through solar energy is immense. The inventors of The Solar Roadways acknowledge that since the panels are already electrical, the possibility of creating refueling stations for hybrid cars is already imbedded into the technology of the Solar Roadways.
Jobs and Economy
Solar Roadways founders want to keep jobs in the United States. The founders have decided to secure funding through Indiegogo.com rather than losing control to investors, because Solar Roadways does not want to be pressured into outsourcing production; however, even if the solar panels were manufactured overseas, rebuilding the U.S. American roadways with durable solar energy roads would already mean more jobs for American road workers, engineers, planners, and many other American professionals.
If Solar Roadways takes off, we could completely change the face of our future economically as well as environmentally. Low-income communities and housing developments could benefit from an enhanced infrastructure that reduces energy costs and carbon emissions. If Solar Roadways catches on nationally, it could mean the United States could enter a new industrial revolution, enhancing the economic upswing for the middle class Americans once again. While the panels are already well tested, the panels are still being enhanced and re-engineered for maximum efficiency and capacity. Solar Roadways has paved the way for innovation and inspiration in the U.S. American landscape.