China's solar expressway meets light of day

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-12-29 07:33
Power-generating equipments of a solar expressway are seen in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province, Dec 22, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

JINAN - China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing.

Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan, capital city of Shandong province in East China. The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate.

The panels, covering 5,875 square meters, can generate 1 million kwh of power in a year, enough to meet the everyday demand of around 800 households, according to Qilu Transportation Development Group, the project developer.

"The project will save the space for building solar farms and shorten the transmission distance," said Xu Chunfu, the group's chairman.

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