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Solar Roadways


Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways Inc
Type Startup
Founded 2006 (2006)
  • Scott Brusaw
  • Julie Brusaw
Headquarters 10561 Sagle Road,
Sandpoint, Idaho 83860,
United States [1]

Solar Roadways Incorporated is a startup company based in Sandpoint, Idaho, that is developing solar powered road panels to form a smart highway. Their technology combines a transparent driving surface with underlying solar cells, electronics and sensors to act as a solar array with programmable capability.


  • Products 1
  • History 2
  • List of awards and honors 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Solar Roadways Inc is working to develop and commercially produce road panels which are made from recycled materials and incorporate photovoltaic cells. [2]


In 2006, the company was founded by Scott and Julie Brusaw. Scott is the President and CEO.[1]

In 2009, Solar Roadways received a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for Phase I to develop and build a solar parking lot.[3] In 2011, Solar Roadways received $750,000 SBIR grant from the DOT for Phase II to develop and build a solar parking lot.[4] The DOT distinguishes the technology proposed by Solar Roadways Inc. as "Solar Power Applications in the Roadway," as compared to a number of other solar technologies categorized by the DOT as "Solar Applications along the Roadway."[5] From SBIR grant money, Solar Roadways has built a 12-by-36-foot (3.7 by 11.0 m) parking lot covered with hexagonal glass-covered solar panels sitting on top of a concrete base, which are heated to help remove snow and ice, and also include LEDs to display messages. The hexagonal shape allows for better coverage on curves and hills. According to the Brusaws, the panels can sustain a 250,000 lb (110,000 kg) load. [6]

In April 2014, Solar Roadways started a Sulu on Star Trek, due to his more than 8 million followers.[9][10] One of the Brusaws’ videos went viral, with nearly 15 million views as of June 2014.[10]

List of awards and honors

  • 2010 General Electric Ecoimagination Community Award of $50,000.[11]
  • 2009 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards "Best Enabler Award for Green Engineering" category finalist.[12]
  • 2010 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards "Most Promising Renewable Energy Award" category finalist.[13]
  • 2013 World Technology Award finalist.[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Solar Roadways - Company Information; Small Business Innovation Research.".  
  2. ^ Scott, Cameron (22 May 2014). "Following the Solar Brick Road".  
  3. ^ "Solar Roadways - Phase I Grant; Small Business Innovation Research.".  
  4. ^ "Solar Roadways - Phase II Grant; Small Business Innovation Research.".  
  5. ^ "Alternative Uses of Highway Right-of-Way".  
  6. ^ Barry, Keith (2014-05-08). "This Parking Lot Is Paved With Solar Panels". Autopia.  
  7. ^ Solar Roadways; Indiegogo; Crowdfunding ended June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Centuries-Old Technology Behind Solar Roadways, Indiegogo's Most Popular Campaign Ever".  
  9. ^ Maben, Scott (31 May 2014). "Star Trek: George Takei tweet boosts Solar Roadways".  
  10. ^ a b "On the not so sunny side of the street".  
  11. ^ Michael Parrish DuDell (August 8, 2011). "Paving the Solar Roadway to Success". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ Carolyn Mathas (February 23, 2009). "2009 EE Times ACE Awards finalists announced".  
  13. ^ "Solar Roadways named as finalist in most promising renewable energy award". Renewable Energy Magazine. 16 March 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Scott & Julie Brusaw - Solar Roadways". The World Technology Network. 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
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