In what was set to be one of the best Green initiatives ever, the Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project was destined to be the energy system of the future. But after more than 6 years and $4 million, on a good day it can barely power a basic microwave.
The Idaho based project has been riddled with design flaws form the start. But the truly sickening part of this is that even if it had worked t full capacity, the project would only have been able to power a small water fountain and some restroom lights.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.
On March 29th, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, or less electricity than a single plasma television consumes. On March 31st, the panels generated 1.06 kWh, enough to barely power a single microwave. The panels have been under-performing their expectations due to design flaws, but even if they had worked perfectly they’d have only powered a single water fountain and the lights in a nearby restroom.