Innovative Dutch leadership provides an outstanding model for all countries to go solar, protect our oceans and the environment.
Join me for another segment of SOS from Los Angeles, California as I explain the first solar roadways to grace planet Earth.
The Dutch have masterfully engineered a solar-paneled bicycle path between two suburbs of Amsterdam.
Humans are exquisite problem solvers and elegant tool-makers; that's what we do best. Photo credit: solaroad.nl
The panels are designed to self-clean, thereby maximizing exposure to sunlight. They mimic the architecture of tree leaves. That is, the panels are tilted ever so slightly, allowing rain water to wash dirt off the solar bike path.
Dutch cyclist uses the first solar road in the world. Photo credit: abc.au.net
Each day, 2,000 cyclists use this bicycle-only corridor to commute to work.
This inspirational solar project officially opened for generating electricity on November 12.
These robust solar panels will generate enough electricity to run three houses each year. The second phase of this important project will extend the solar bike path producing electricity to power streetlights, traffic signal and electric vehicle charging stations.
The Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research believes that 20 percent of the Netherlands 87,000 miles of road will become solar-paneled roadways in the very near future.
A US-based project headed-up by Julie and Scott Brusaw called Solar Roadways reckons it's possible for America to cut its fossil fuel emissions by 75 percent by adopting solar-paneled roadways.
A model proposed for Sandpoint, Idaho by Solar Roadways. Photo credit: solarroadways.com
It's a timely solar-paneled roadway plan for the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia to consider because it provides a transition away from the current heat-trapping, carbon-polluting energies of gas and coal to solar industries, which will immediately create hundreds of thousands of jobs around the globe!
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