“The surface of the road is made of transparent concrete.”

China opens solar road

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Mon, Jan 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Clean Technica reports that China has opened a 1-kilometer long solar road capable of producing 1 million kilowatt-hours of power annually. The energy will be used to power light, billboards, surveillance cameras, and to heat up the road in the winter, with excess feeding to the local grid. Elsewhere, PRI reports that big money backing out fossil fuels.

China has opened a 1-kilometer long solar road in Jinan, the capitol of Shandong province south of Beijing. The two-lane road covers 5,875 square meters and can generate up to 1 million kilowatt-hours of power annually — enough to power 800 Chinese homes, according to XinhuaNet. The electricity will be used to run street lights, billboards, surveillance cameras, and toll collection plazas. It will also be used to heat the road surface to keep it clear of snow. Any excess will be fed back into the local utility grid.

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