Exciting news: The first two spots on our queue are now filled! The first two pilot projects will be:
1. Sandpoint, Idaho Jeff Jones Square
This is a downtown plaza with a large parking lot for visitors and a Farmer's Market meets right next door. And it's less than a mile from our headquarters, so we'll have easy access to monitor and service it. We are so happy to have so much hometown support!
Jeff Jones Square in Sandpoint, Idaho
2. MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) and their terrific Road to Tomorrow project
This will be a sidewalk area at a rest stop on the historic Route 66 in Conway, Missouri. We are so pleased to be working with this amazing forward thinking DOT who wants to showcase renewable energy and cutting age infrastructure projects in their state.
Rest area along Route 66
It’s a pleasure and an honor to receive Letters of Interest from potential customers from all over the world. We wish that we could begin immediately to fulfil orders. However, we have had to decide on a plan to move forward in an organized way that we believe will please customers the most in the long term.
So, regretfully, we are going to eliminate private driveways from our pilot project options. The projects we are considering are all public projects such as parking lots, sidewalks, plazas etc.
We are currently in talks regarding a number of potential pilot and early projects. We only talk about potential customers who have given us permission to do so. In addition to the first two projects on our queue in Idaho and Missouri, we've given the green light to University of Idaho, Boise State University, and a bike path in California called the Sonoma County Solar Roadways Pedestrian/Bike Path.
Other interested customers who have given us permission to share their interest include: NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the Sandpoint Amtrak station, and Wright State University. If you have a public project which you would like to be considered for one of our early pilots, please email us at Customers@SolarRoadways.com.
We love to hear from cities who are interested in being among the first to be part of the “going green movement”. If that is the goal, Solar Roadways® can help bring in renewable energy and modernize infrastructure simultaneously. Government buildings seem like a great place to showcase and test the technology: City Halls, Police, Fire Stations, Post Offices and Parks. Hospital helipads, airports, and schools could all benefit from the safety features SR brings. Once successfully tested in non-critical applications, SR panels will be ready for roads; residential roads at first building up to highways as the final goal. Cities will appreciate the elimination of the need for plowing and the convenience and safety that will bring to citizens. LED light colors can be selected to match city flags and the colors of events. Most of all the lights will make roads safer and increase traffic management options, which in turn will improve the quality of life for residents.
It’s been a happy surprise to learn how many homeowners love the idea of using SR panels for driveways, walkways, patios, sport courts, and pool surrounds. Homeowners know that any of these can become an instant dance floor too! The design changes made between SR2 and SR3 were made partially in preparation for offering panels to homeowners. We found ways to make them easier to install and more affordable. We are currently exploring options to make panels available in mass quantities (and with the lower price that will coincide). We know homeowners are anxious to give up shoveling and plowing; they are ready to enjoy the renewable energy and the entertainment value that SR panels have to offer.
Private enterprises such as restaurants, stores and hotels will appreciate the increased customers, customizable parking lots, and the beauty of glass paneled parking lots lit in virtually any color combination. Customers can’t help but notice the company’s commitment to environmental protection. Some businesses may want to use extra energy to charge electric vehicles in their parking lots. Business owners can have multiple parking lot configurations which can be interchanged at the touch of a button. Perhaps they want parking spaces of different sizes: smallest spaces for motorcycles, largest for RV’s and trucks and midsized spaces for cars. That is easily accomplished. Handicapped spaces can be created as needed, rather than dedicated with paint. Many businesses may want to make other guests feel special with parking spaces just for them: speakers, veterans, parents with babies, VIP guests, or EV owners. Spaces can be marked accordingly and changed at any time. The flexibility, the aesthetic benefits and the energy generation all combine in one product.