According to a recent article in Electric Light and Power, solar roads and sidewalks could change thousands of miles of roads and pavement into a power generating resource.
Solar Roads and sidewalks could become a huge part of the solar energy boom in Utah, as a growing number of companies begin embracing renewable energy as the U.S. aims to reduce carbon emissions by one-third from 2005 levels by 2030.
The heat produced by the panels would work to keep roadways snow- and ice-free, improving winter driving safety.
A solar bike path was built in the Netherlands in 2014, and Germany and France have announced plans to build solar roads in the future.
The panels can currently be used for sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. The technology is still seeking permission from the federal government to use them in roads.
The glass has a traction surface that is equivalent to asphalt. In tests, vehicles are able to stop in the required distance, he said.
In strength tests, the panels can hold 250,000 pounds, three times the legal limit for a semi-trailer.
The solar panels are made of tempered glass, weigh about 70 pounds each and contain lights that can be programmed to direct traffic or alert drivers to problems. Each hexagonal panel is about 31 inches point-to-point.
The panels contain microprocessors that allow them to communicate with each other, a central control station and vehicles. They also are designed to be easily replaced if damaged.
With the price of solar panels reaching an all time low and money saving incentives being offered to homeowners, homes with solar panels may be a common sight in Utah in the near future.
Utah has stepped forward in its efforts in championing clean energy in its cities and businesses and growing its solar capacity enormously, homeowners are now beginning to see the benefits of going solar.
A recent study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has calculated the solar productivity for each of the 50 U.S. states, the study determined Utah has enormous untapped solar energy potential.
With a UV index of 0.95, Utah ties for 8th place as the most productive state. Homeowners throughout Utah are eager and ready to take advantage of the money saving benefits that solar panels provide.
Utah resident’s average energy consumption is estimated to be 200-kilowatt hours less than the overall national average which equates to savings on their utility bill.
Utahans who are ready to take the initial first steps to converting their homes to solar energy can now benefit from installing solar on their rooftops, saving more electricity than ever. New Star Solar can offer assistance with questions .
The state of Utah is offering money-saving incentives allowing homeowners to cash in on big savings for going solar.
Utah homeowners who install solar energy systems and solar powered devices like solar hot water heater and space heaters on their properties are eligible for a state income tax credit, worth 25 percent of installed costs, and up to $2,000 in addition to various other rebates and incentives offered by private organizations.