Solar Roads in France

by Isaiah Boone

In an article in Popular Mechanics from February 9th, Jay Bennett examines the details and implications of a recent announcement by the French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royal, that France intends to build over 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of solar roads. The country will commission the road building company Colas as well as the National Institute of Solar Energy to complete the project. It is estimated that the project will be able to provide clean energy for 8-10% of the French population and is expected to be completed in the next 5 years. Continue reading