The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that this year they will install solar road panels on Route 66 as part of an important pilot program. The solar road panels are described as a high-tech alternative to concrete and asphalt.
As you can imagine, the solar panels will capture the sun’s energy and feed some of it back into the electrical grid. The panels are also equipped with LED lights which can be used to show lane markings and different messages (accident ahead, slow down, speed limit).
Another advantage is that the solar panels have an integrated heating unit to melt down the snow or the ice. As a result, the maintenance cost during the winter will reduce.
“We are going to go out there publicly and on the internet… and ask for money to make our solar roadway pilot project even bigger and better", he leader of the Road to Tomorrow.