France's 'Wattway' Powers Street Lighting in a Small Village

By: Laura McQuarrie - Dec 30, 2016
References: wattwaybycolas & treehugger
Along a six-mile stretch of roadway in a village in Normandy, France is an all-new solar road that's been dubbed the 'Wattway.' The solar road features 2,880 solar panels with polycrystalline silicon cells that are capable of transforming energy from the sun into usable electricity.

In the village of Tourouvre-au-Perche, it is estimated that Colas' Wattway solar pavement will be used by about 2,000 motorists each day. The electricity generated by the solar road system will be fed into a network that belongs to French electric provider Enedis and used to power the street lights in the village.

From now, a two-year test of the solar road will be conducted to determine if the use of these kinds of roads would be of benefit for the rest of the country.