Crowdfunding campaign raises $2.2M to build solar roadways


It’s loopy. It’ll by no means work. They price an excessive amount of. They’ll crack. They’re too delicate. You’ll slide off them. Oil firms won’t ever let it occur.

Scott Brusaw, {an electrical} engineer from Idaho, has heard all of it earlier than. Over the previous eight years, skeptics (like this one) have been telling him his idea for solar roadways — changing America’s roads with solar panels, creating an influence grid the place pavement used to be — will not work. But Brusaw instantly has a motive why it is going to — really, 2.2 million of them.

Solar Roadways’ crowdfunding campaign, which closed on Monday, raised $2.2 million — greater than double what Brusaw was looking for — in simply two months. The campaign, the preferred in Indiegogo’s historical past, attracted greater than 48,000 backers from all 50 states and 165 nations.

“It’s been humbling,” Brusaw, 56, advised Yahoo News. “Really, really humbling.”

The success may be attributed, partly, to a cheeky seven-minute video (“Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!”) that has been seen greater than 16 million occasions on YouTube. The campaign was additionally given a raise by movie star Twitter endorsements from George Takei and Sean Lennon.

Brusaw, who launched Solar Roadways together with his spouse, Julie, says the funds can be used to open an workplace, rent staffers and take a look at his prototype in Sandpoint, Idaho, which desires to be the primary metropolis to have them.

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