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Old 08-30-2009, 01:34 AM
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SOLAR ROADWAYS, SAGLE, IDAHO (August 25, 2009)- Solar Roadways today announced that it has been awarded a DOT contract that will enable them to prototype the first ever Solar Road Panel.

The Solar Roadways will collect solar energy to power businesses and homes via structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon, to be placed in parking lots and roadways in lieu of petroleum-based asphalt surfaces.

The Solar Road Panels will contain embedded LEDs which "paint" the road lines from beneath to provide safer nighttime driving, as well as to give up to the minute instructions (via the road) to drivers (i.e. "detour ahead"). The road will be able to sense wildlife on the road and can warn drivers to "slow down". There will also be embedded heating elements in the surface to prevent snow and ice buildup, providing for safer winter driving. This feature packed system will become an intelligent highway that will double as a secure, intelligent, decentralized, self-healing power grid which will enable a gradual weaning from fossil fuels.

Replacing asphalt roads and parking lots with Solar Roadway panels will be a major step toward halting climate change. Fully electric vehicles will be able to recharge along the roadway and in parking lots, finally making electric cars practical for long trips.

It is estimated that is will take roughly five billion (a stimulus package in itself) 12' by 12' Solar Road Panels to cover the asphalt surfaces in the U.S. alone, allowing us to produce three times more power than we've ever used as a nation - almost enough to power the entire world.
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“There is broad agreement within the scientific community that amplification of the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect by the buildup of various gases introduced by human activity has the potential to produce dramatic changes in climate. Only by taking action now can we endure that future generations will not be put at risk.” ~Statement by 49 Nobel Prize winners and 700 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 1990, Union of Concerned Scientists

“The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.” ~Al Gore

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.” ~John C. Sawhill

“I don’t know what it is going to be like the rest of my life on this planet. But I can tell you this: I have had enough experience and enough knowledge to believe that unless we reverse what is happening on this planet, my dear friends, we are going to hand our children a planet that is badly damaged.” ~John McCain

"The reality of global climate change is urgent. The stakes are high - locally and globally - and we need to act. As a City government, we've already cut our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60% compared to 1990 levels. But it's not enough - we need to work together as a community to set responsible limits on global warming pollution." ~Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle,WA

“Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it.” ~Tony Blair

“Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the underlying causes of global warming.” ~Al Gore

"All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster." ~Barack Obama

"The environment is the infrastructure of our communities. As a nation, as a civilization, it's our obligation to create communities for our children that provide them with opportunities for dignity and good health. When we destroy nature, we diminish ourselves and impoverish our children. We ignore that at our own peril." ~Bobby Kennedy

“We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late. The science is clear. The global warming debate is over.” ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Technology policy lies at the core of the climate change challenge. Even with a cutback in wasteful energy spending, our current technologies cannot support both a decline in carbon dioxide emissions and an expanding global economy. If we try to restrain emissions without a fundamentally new set of technologies, we will end up stifling economic growth, including the development prospects for billions of people. The key is new low-carbon technology, not simply energy efficiency.” ~Jeffrey D Sachs Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

“Levels of greenhouse gases continue to rise in the atmosphere and the rate of that rise is accelerating. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change and the scale of those impacts will also accelerate, until we decide to do something about it." ~Martin Parry, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2008

"The planet is in a precarious place right now and extreme poverty affects a billion people who are living on less than a dollar a day, scrambling for their life." ~Bono

“Climate change will have the biggest effect on people who have done the least to cause it.” ~Bill Gates

"If we don't act now, it will be too late. Our generation must be the one that says 'yes' to alternative, renewable fuels and ends forever our dependence on foreign oil. Our generation must be the one that accepts responsibility for conserving natural resources and demands the tools to do it. And our generation must be the one that builds the New Energy Economy.” ~John Edwards

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ~Henry David Thoreau

"All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster." ~Barack Obama

“Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.” ~Alan Watts

“We should be treating, I think, the whole issue of climate change and global warming with a far greater degree of priority than I think is happening now.” ~Prince Charles

“The truth is - the globe is warming – the facts are rapidly becoming indisputable. The temperature of the sea is rising, glacial ice is receding, and the world’s climate is changing. This warming trend is not only affecting ecosystems but also clearly increasing hurricane activity and intensity.” ~Tri Robinson, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Boise

“Recent climate change research has uncovered a disturbing feature of the earth's climate system: it is capable of sudden, violent shifts. This is a critically important realization. Climate change will not necessarily be gradual, as assumed in most climate change projections, but may instead involve sudden jumps between very different states.” ~David Suzuki Foundation

“We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” ~Thomas Edison

“Right now the world is on pace to build hundreds of new coal power plants over the coming decades, adding vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and if that happens the fight against global warming is as good as lost.” ~Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine 2008

“The climate change crisis that we believe is occurring is not something we can wait ten years, five years, even a year, to address. Climate change is real and human induced. It calls for action soon.” ~Rev. Richard Cicik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals

"If you look at climate change over the long term, it will profoundly affect the pillars of public health: water, sanitation, air quality and sufficient food," ~Dr. David Heymann, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment at WHO

"Taking steps to save energy just makes good sense. Whether you're doing it for the economy or for the environment, it just makes sense to do these things." ~Mayor Raymond P. Miller, Sandpoint, ID

“Our nation has both an obligation and self-interest in facing head-on the serious environmental, economic and national security threat posed by global warming.” ~John McCain

“Today we're seeing that climate change is about more than a few unseasonably mild winters or hot summers. It's about the chain of natural catastrophes and devastating weather patterns that global warming is beginning to set off around the world. The frequency and intensity of which are breaking records thousands of years old.” ~Barack Obama

“It’s not just global warming, it’s not just a loss of biodiversity, it’s not just the pollution of our oceans and the clearing of our rainforests and all these complicated systems, The [11th Hour] movie talks about the world economy, it talks about politics, it talks about personal transformation and environmental consciousness that we need to have in this generation to implement a lot of these changes that need to occur.” ~Leonardo DiCaprio
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Oregon is once again taking the lead with renewable energy by installing the country’s first highway solar energy project. The project will consist of a 104 kW solar photovoltaic system that covers 8,000 square feet and produces 112,000 kWh each year. That’s 28% of the energy needed to power the project’s location, the Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 interchange in Tualatin.

Electricity for the interchange will be provided by PGE. The solar panels will come into play by producing electricity during the day, giving the power to the PGE grid, and getting the equivalent amount of power back at night from PGE to power lighting on the highway.

The whole project will literally be Oregon-powered, as companies based in-state will provide materials, design, and installation.

Next year, the Oregon Department of Transportation plans to look at more highway project proposals. Eventually, the department would like to generate 2 million kWh every year with the new projects. They also are looking for proposals that showcase new ways to utilize solar energy, such as solar panels that double as sound walls near highways.
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The Oregon Department of Transportation wants to build the world’s largest highway-based solar energy complex in the Portland area. The $20 million development would produce 3 megawatts of electricity.

A prime site being considered is a state-owned hillside parcel along Interstate 205 in West Linn, north of the 10th Street exit.

ODOT is seeking to reduce its energy bill and maximize use of its highway rights-of-way by developing renewable energy. It is utilizing state tax credits and partnering with Portland General Electric, Oregon solar companies and others.

ODOT estimates the project would create 145 jobs. Construction could start in late summer.

The world’s largest solar highway project is currently a 2.8-megawatt complex in Germany.

ODOT completed the nation’s first highway-based solar project in December, a 104-kilowatt system near Tualatin and the Interstate 5/Interstate 205 interchange.

ODOT also is considering a $13.6 million solar highway project in Southern Oregon, an $11.1 million solar project and interpretive display at the Baldock rest area south of Wilsonville, and a $1.4 million expansion of its Tualatin solar project.


A new law, initially pursued by Portland-based Central City Concern, will legalize the reuse of greywater in Oregon.

Property owners will be able to legally harvest wastewater from bathing and laundry, then treat the water and reuse it for irrigation and other outdoor applications.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will create a greywater-use permit process in the coming year, to reflect the new standards.

Passage of House Bill 2080 is the culmination of a two-year effort by Central City Concern and other partners to improve water conservation at multifamily buildings. Central City Concern manages more than 1,400 affordable housing units.

The nonprofit teamed with the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and other groups to produce a detailed report called Achieving Water Independence in Buildings.
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2.8-MW A3 Highway Solar System Nears Completion
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Evergreen Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR) announced that the first phase of construction of an installation placing more than 16,000 solar panels on the roof of the tunnel of Germany's A3 highway using Evergreen Solar panels is nearing completion. When finished, the 2.8-megawatt solar installation will be one of Germany's largest and first to be located on a public highway.

"Theoretically, there's a huge amount of free space on highway bridges and tunnels. If this example is replicated throughout Germany, the country's market share on solar energy could rise substantially."

-- Peter Rusch, Director of Marketing & Sales - Europe/Middle East/Asia, Evergreen Solar

The installation, located near Aschaffenburg, Germany, occupies 2.7 kilometers of the A3 tunnel roof. German-based solar installer Ralos is overseeing the construction and Goldbach-Hoesbach, which purchased the land from the German government, will oversee the projects interconnectivity to the power grid. The €11 million investment in the project is expected to be paid back through cost savings over 16 years.

“This project is a testament to the fact that when both government and developers work together in a creative and goal-oriented way, positive results such as clean, renewable energy can be the result,” said Peter Rusch, Evergreen Solar’s director of marketing and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “Theoretically, there’s a huge amount of free space on highway bridges and tunnels. If this example is replicated throughout Germany, the country’s market share on solar energy could rise substantially.”
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Imagine the entire US completely energy independent from fossil fuels and powered by the country’s roadway infrastructure. Sound far fetched? Not according to solar energy expert Dr. Nate Lewis of Caltech University. He has calculated that covering 1.7% of the land surface of the United States with 10 percent efficient solar energy converters could supply all our current national energy demand. As it happens, this is roughly the same amount of land that is devoted to the nation’s interstate highway system. It would even helps our roads stay ice free in the winter and glow at night. Here’s how it would work:

“Instead of covering a large area of the Southwest with solar arrays, all of our roads would be paved with glass panels that could collect and distribute solar energy. Sunlight would shine through the surface onto a middle layer of solar cells. The solar cells would produce electric energy to light the road at night and heat it in winter, with enough leftover electricity to power homes and businesses. Brusaw estimates that each mile of solar panels could power 500 homes.

4.84 billion (12′ by 12′) Solar Road Panels would be required to replace the current asphalt road system, parking lots, and driveways in the 48 contiguous states. This is enough to provide three times more electricity than the United States used in 2003 and almost enough to supply the entire world.”

Obviously, there are some major hurdles to implementing this grid network; the least of which is convincing a government tied up in fossil fuels to try it in the first place. The expense of solar cells for such a project is currently cost-prohibitive; but researchers expect this issue to disappear in the coming years as advances and efficiencies increase to make the technology cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Setting up something similar to meet electrical demand with coal fired plants would cost around $14 trillion dollars; not to mention the adverse consequences on the environment.
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