On 22-12-2016, France inaugurated the world's first "solar highway" and it's a good news for the entire world. For years and years, a lot of countries have been planning and progressing on their ideas of installing solar panels here and there, and thus, in the same vein, we all could use some functioning examples.
The idea, which has become the talk of many countries, especially Germany, the Netherlands and the United States — is that roadways are occupied by cars only around 20 % of the time.
This provides vast expanses of the surface to soak up the sun's rays.
Owing to the same, one-kilometre (half-mile) "Wattway" covered with 2,800 square metres (30,000 square feet) of resin-coated solar panels was hooked up to the local power grid.
"This new use of solar energy takes advantage of large swathes of road infrastructure already in use... to produce electricity without taking up new real estate," environment minister Segolene Royal said.
With this, France could become energy independent by paving only a quarter of its million miles of roads with solar panels.
Those who are sceptic are waiting to see whether the road will be able to withstand the ravages of time, weather and beating from the trucks.
The project initially began with four pilot sites around France, in parking lots or in front of public buildings, on much smaller surfaces of between 54 and 109 square yards each.