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Remember Idaho's Solar Road?
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:30:28 PM »
I think Walks posted about it a long time ago, and yes, it was a failure then, but they didn't disclose just how big of a failure it was at the time.
Checking Sandpoints govt page, it would appear they finally pulled the project in 2018, from lack of output according to this link. :lol:




https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/V3vh1173801/overview


But they were proud of the venture, or too stupid to be embarrassed over the failure, that it still has it's own page.

https://www.sandpointidaho.gov/visiting-sandpoint/solar-roadways#ad-image-7

Solar Road Is ‘Total And Epic’ Failure, 83% Of Its Panels Break In A Week

Roughly 25 out of 30 panels installed in a prototype solar road in Idaho broke within a week, after the project received $3.9 million in funding and 6.5 years of development.

Despite massive internet hype, the prototype of the solar “road” can’t be driven on, hasn’t generate any electricity and 75 percent of the panels were broken before they were even installed. Of the panels installed to make a “solar footpath,” 18 of the 30 were dead on arrival due to a manufacturing failure. A short rain shower caused another four panels to fail, and only five panels appear to be presently functional. The prototype appears to be plagued by drainage issues, poor manufacturing controls and fundamental design flaws.

Every single promise made about the prototype seems to have fallen flat and the project appears to be a “total and epic failure,” according to an electrical engineer.

If it had worked, the panels would have powered a single water fountain and the lights in a restroom, after more than $500,000  in installation costs provided by a grant from the state government. The U.S. Department of Transportation initially handed $750,000 in grants to fund the research into the scheme, then invested another pair of grants worth $850,000 into it. The plan, dubbed, “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways” raised another $2.2 million dollars in crowd-funding, even though several scientists publicly debunked the idea.

Scientists repeatedly criticized the scheme as panels on roads wouldn’t be tilted to follow the sun, which makes them incredibly inefficient, would often be covered by cars during periods when the sun is out and wouldn’t be capable of serving as a road for long.

Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways has received fawning coverage in The Huffington Post, Nature World News, Newsweek, Wired, Ecowatch and National Geographic. The program was supported by political leaders like Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo.

Covering the road with solar panels would also be exceedingly destructive to the power grid, which is set up to handle conventional energy. In order for any power grid to function, demand for energy must exactly match supply. Power demand is relatively predictable and nuclear plants can adjust output accordingly. Solar power of any type cannot easily adjust output and is thus unpredictable relative to conventional systems.

https://dailycaller.com/2016/10/18/solar-road-has-total-and-epic-failure-as-83-of-its-panels-break-in-a-week/
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Re: Remember Idaho's Solar Road?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2019, 05:03:57 PM »
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Re: Remember Idaho's Solar Road?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2019, 06:13:42 PM »
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These libs had hoped to turn Sandpoint into Silicon valley of Idaho. Boy was this a boondoggle of a failure. :lol:
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Re: Remember Idaho's Solar Road?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2019, 06:24:36 PM »
These libs had hoped to turn Sandpoint into Silicon valley of Idaho. Boy was this a boondoggle of a failure. :lol:


Someone made big money off the taxpayer, and is :lol: ass off.
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Re: Remember Idaho's Solar Road?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 06:32:53 PM »

Someone made big money off the taxpayer, and is :lol: ass off.
Yep, like nearly 500 million, and nothing to show for it.
The plan was that the company that made the street cells would open a plant in Sandpoint. In essence, the people footed the Bill for a failed product to the tune of half a billion dollars, more than the annual budget :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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