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City of Prince George, B.C., installs section of “Solar Road”

The photovoltaic panels are fixed directly onto pavement with no need to destroy and rebuild existing roadworks.


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(source: City of Prince George)

The City of Prince George has partnered with construction company YCS Holdings Ltd. to install a 20-square-metre segment of solar panel pavement at City Hall’s parking lot that connects to City Hall.

The electricity generated is helping to meet City Hall’s energy needs and supplying additional power uses such as offsetting energy requirements for the electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot.

The pilot project is part of the City’s continuing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy generation can be tracked in real-time and compared across seasons and environmental conditions.

The Wattway solar road technology was developed by Colas Group, a French civil engineering firm headquartered in Paris.

The photovoltaic panels are fixed directly onto pavement with no need to destroy and rebuild existing roadworks. The millimetres-thick panels, which are made of a durable composite material, are robust enough to withstand vehicles of varying loads (including the weight of an 18-wheeler truck) in all types of weather.

The project was funded by YCS Holdings Ltd. and Wattway, subsidiaries of Colas Group.


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1 Comment » for City of Prince George, B.C., installs section of “Solar Road”
  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    In places with grid-tied electricity based on hydro power (the majority of BC), the solar PV is only offsetting low-carbon renewable hydro-power. This is just costly, and does nothing to reduce carbon emissions. It takes money away from real climate change mitigation projects. What’s worse is the lifecycle carbon emissions of solar PV (considering manufacture and recycling) is far greater than for hydro-power, so if anything this is a detrimental effort.

    In off-grid areas using diesel generation, or in other jurisdictions that have fossil fuel-fired power, it’s a different story.

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