On Wednesday evening the Planning Department hosted Julie and Scott Brusaw, the inventors of the worlds first soar energy panels that might in the future be utilized in the construction of “smart” roads. After acquiring a $750,000 grant from the USDOP Solar Roadways raised $2.2 million on indiegogo, setting the record for the most money ever raised on a crowdfunding campaign at that point.

While the technology is still a long way off to create a full road out of these panels, they are currently applicable as parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. Arcosanti’s planning department is working on a proposal to bring six panels on site as another way of drawing curious visitors to the Urban Laboratory. The eventual goal is expansion into larger projects including the installation of a solar sidewalk somewhere on campus.

Currently Julie and Scott are traveling the country to set up relationships with potential manufacturers and franchisees, and we were honored to be one of their stops on the journey to making their technology the roadway to a more sustainable future!

(photos and text by Tim Bell)

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