A multi-million-dollar solar road project in Idaho does not produce enough power on most days to run a single microwave oven.
According to energy data from the ‘Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!’ project, the initiative generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day since late March, when information regarding the projects’ output became available to the public.
By comparison, the average microwave oven or blow dryer utilizes approximately 1 kilowatt-hour per day.
Data revealed that on March 29, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, not enough to power a single plasma television. On March 31, only 1.06 kilowatt-hours of power were generated.
Reportedly, the panels have not been producing as expected because of flaws in their design, and the bottom line is not looking good. The Idaho project has been in development for 6.5 years, was funded with $4.3 million (a good chunk of it from the Department of Transportation), and generates 90 cents worth of electricity per day.
An electrical box associated with the roadway caught fire in late March, screenshots of which showed flames on the project’s webcam. Firefighters responded to the scene, and the following update was posted to the webcam site:
“The Solar Roadways electrical system is currently undergoing maintenance. Please check back late next week.”
A fundraising page for the project says they have raised a total of $2,279,378 since June 2014, in addition to the tax-payer funds applied toward the project.
Here’s their promotional video that predicted how incredible the solar roadways were going to be:
In the following video, a man proceeds to debunk the whole project.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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