First Solar Road in the U.S. Planned for Route 66

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Route 66 is perhaps the most iconic highway in the history of the United States. Running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., the highway served as a major road for those migrating west and also became famous for the small towns that sprang up along the route. The road even inspired a famous song, “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” by Bobby Troup, and the television show, “Route 66,” which followed two young men as they drove a Chevrolet Camaro on a road trip across the United States. However, much of the road’s fame disappeared when the interstate highway system was developed, bypassing the route. Now, Route 66 now is about to become famous again for a completely different reason. In Missouri, officials plan to place photovoltaic pavers on a stretch of the highway through the state, which would make Route 66 the first roadway in the U.S. to be a power-generating “solar road.” Crowdfunded Project The energy-producing pavers are being produced by Solar Roadways , an Idaho-based company started by married couple Scott and Julie Brusaw. Using crowdfunding, the pair were able to raise $2.2 million to bring their technology to the market. Their motivation is concern for […]

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