This amazing new invention is called Solar Roadways®. This invention has more than 1.7 million dollars donated to it from more than 10,000 backers. The solar panels are hexagonal shaped, and can withstand the heaviest trucks weight. Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. They are about to wrap up their Phase II contract (to build a prototype parking lot) and now need to raise funding for production. Solar Roadways is tackling more than solar energy: The FHWA tasked them with addressing the problem of stormwater. Currently, over 50% of the pollution in U.S. waterways comes from stormwater. We have created a section in their Cable Corridors for storing, treating, and moving stormwater. The implementation of their concept on a grand scale could create thousands of jobs in the U.S. and around the world. It could allow us all the ability to manufacture our way out of our current economic crisis.
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