- Jan 16, 2010
A variant of solar roads that was implemented somewhere (can't remember where) was to build a cover over bike lanes and put solar panels on those, which also keeps rain off bikers and encourages them to bike in bad weather, which isn't a totally stupid idea.No, just no. Solar roads are snake oil, a tech bro fairy tale that sounds good in concept, but in reality is an expensive engineering nightmare that is less efficient than basically any other form of solar power generation and all attempts at it have been disappointing failures.
If you badly want solar, cover as many south-facing rooftops as possible instead. Not ideal either, nor very exciting, but cheaper, easier, more efficient than solar roads.