World's First Solar Panel Roadway

The world’s first solar panel roadway was opened in a small village in Northern France in 2016, with a short stretch of highway paved with thin photovoltaic panels. Though expensive, this project showcased the potential for leveraging the road network for energy generation.

Key Facts

Location:  Tourouvre au Perche, France

Project Size: $5.2 million

Date:  December 2016

Companies Involved

Colas Group

Project Features/Advancements

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French engineering firm Colas Group showcased their Wattway technology on the world’s first ever solar roadway in France. By combining road construction and photovoltaic techniques, Wattway pavement provides clean, renewable energy in the form of electricity, while allowing for all types of traffic.

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