France opens world’s first solar panel road

A test phase will evaluate whether the solar panel road can provide enough energy to power street lighting. PHOTO CREDIT REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

France has opened 1km (0.6-mile) opened the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.

The route which  covers about 2,800 sq m of electricity-generating panels, was inaugurated on Thursday 23rd December  by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal.

According to a report obtained  from, It cost €5m (£4.2m) to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during a two-year test period to establish if it can generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village of 3,400 residents.

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