First ever solar panel road opens in France
The 1km stretch of road in Tourouvre-au-Perche was launched by France’s ecology minister, Ségolène Royal. It is built up of 2,800 square metres of solar panels, and officials hope it will generate enough energy to power street lighting for the village.
The road, known as Wattway, cost five million euros to build.
Around 2,000 motorists are predicted to use the road every day, which inevitably raises questions about whether the solar panels are robust enough to withstand the onslaught of heavy vehicles.