Idaho company offered $750,000 in government funding for solar project

Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

Sagle, Idaho-based company Solar Roadways has reportedly secured $750,000 in funding from the federal government to construct a solar parking lot, The Associated Press reports.

According to the news source, the company announced that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

The money will reportedly pave the way for Solar Roadways founders Julie and Scott Brusaw to construct a prototype solar parking lot that they can test, with the ultimate goal being a road system comprised of solar panels instead of asphault.

"This will give us the funding needed to continue our research and development," the founders said in a company statement.

The funding is the latest given to Solar Roadways from the federal government, as the company previously received $100,000 for its startup project related to the solar roads.

The Spokesman Review reports that the solar panels used in the construction of the roads would also feature LED lights to help illuminate traffic warnings or crosswalks at night.

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