30 Nov '16, 6pm

France's solar road: International solar experts give their analysis

A 340 kW solar road is currently under construction in Normandy, France. It will be one kilometer long, with a surface of 2,800 m2, according to Michel Salion from the Colas-Wattway press team, a subsidiary company of Bouygues S.A. Although advertised on the French Ministry of Ecology website as having the capacity to deliver 17,963 kWh per day, in actual fact it will generate just 767 kWh per day. In fact, Segolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, announced that one kilometer of the solar road will deliver enough electricity for 5,000 houses. This is also wrong. With 767 kWh per day - official data from Michel Salion – it will just be able to power 50 French homes. The cost of one kilometer of the solar road is EUR 5,000,000, which works out as EUR 100,000 per each home that is powered by the road.

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