Experimental Solar Road in Georgia Is Paving a New Way
By Monica Medina and Miro Korenha
The first solar roadway in the U.S. debuted on an 18-mile stretch of I-85 in southwestern Georgia. It's called the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, and the asphalt is a living laboratory now known as The Ray -- it offers a vision of how highways could look and function in the future. A small section of the roadway leading to the Visitor's Center is paved with solar panels and serves as a testing ground for solar roadway technology. It also houses the state’s first solar-powered PV4EV (photovoltaic for electric vehicle) charging station, and that opens up the length of I-85 between the Alabama border and Atlanta to electric vehicles.