First solar roadway in France turned out to be a ‘total disaster’
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Climate Depot | 8/19/2019 | Marc Morano
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The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.

French newspapers report that the trial hasn’t lived up to expectations.

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Solar panel “paved” roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.

Turns out that solar power highways aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In 2016, France put forth an audacious plan to build 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of solar highways composed of photovoltaic panels. They believed that the completed roadway would be able to one day power up to 5 million homes. The French government invested €5 million to test out the concept.

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It’s now been nearly three years since their first trial run with a paved 0.6 mile solar stretch in rural Normandy. Engineers and government officials estimated that this first solar road could power up to 5,000 homes. That wasn’t the case.

So far the “Wattway” initiative has been a disappointing failure.

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The Wattway in France consists of 2,800 photovoltaic panels, running the length of one kilometer (0.62 miles) stretching from the small town of Tourouvre-au-Perche. The construction group responsible for the building, Colas, said that the solar panels were covered with a special resin that contained silicon, which protected the cells from 18-wheeler traffic.

The project seemed to be doomed from the start. This region in Normandy, France is not known for...
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