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.
Location: Tourouvre au Perche, France
Project Size: $5.2 million
Date: December 2016
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.