Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels

June 12, 2018

The potential appeal of solar roads -- modified solar panels that are installed in place of asphalt -- is clear.

"If it can pass this test, it can fit all conditions," said Li Wu, the chairman of Shandong Pavenergy, the company that made the plastic-covered solar panels that carpet the road. If his product fares well, it could have a major impact on the renewable energy sector, and on the driving experience, too.

By Keith Bradsher