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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Turning $4 million into $36.86

Solar roadways.

Imagine people driving over endless miles of solar panels in their convertibles and those inferior automobiles with hard tops.

I imagine that on the second day we would have endless miles of broken solar panels.

So did Anthony Watts when this project began four years ago.

"Dr. Roy Spencer and I have been watching this project with amusement combined with incredulity. Somehow, this mom and pop operation have raised over $1.9 million on Indiegogo from gullible people who don’t have the skillset or decide to ignore basic physics, economics, and common sense in favor of future pipe dreams of green energy. This video that follows shows why their claim doesn’t make any sense, none at all. The best part? The impetus was for this idea was global warming. Here is what they say about the birth of solar roadways," he wrote on June 4, 2014.

The government was not involved at the time. And the promoters raised -- or said they raised -- $2,200,000 privately.

Enter the U.S. Department of Transportation. It gave the private company $2,350,000 in federal tax money.

The company tested putting solar panels in a parking lot in Sandpoint, Idaho. In a follow-up post at Watts's blog, Willis Eschenbach wrote today, "Twenty-five of the first thirty test panels died within the first few weeks. They were replaced by panels that delaminated.

"So the delaminated panels were replaced again. But to be fair, who would have ever guessed that driving loaded semi-trucks over solar panels might do some damage? Well, to be fair, you and I could have guessed that, but clearly they couldn’t. I suppose that’s why they needed so much funding."

But the solar panels in the parking lot that were not crushed -- all five of them -- did produce electricity, as did the delaminated panels before they were crushed by two-ton cars.

"The system went into operation on March 22, 2017. It has been in operation for 378 days, during which time it has generated about 246 kilowatt hours of electricity," he wrote.

246 kilowatt hours. That's what Casa Surber uses in a week in August.

"And at that rate, the total of 246 kilowatt hours of electricity that cost $4,450,000 is worth about $36.86," he wrote.

The cost was only $18,495.93 per kilowatt hour.

But of course environmentalists are smarter than the rest of us. So smart that they could bankrupt the entire nation in a week's time.


  1. "$18,495.93 per hour" Isn't that about the hourly rate of the mueller witch hunt? How much will it ultimately cost if it continues like his 7 year hunt for the anthrax killer? Much more than $4 million. Maybe we should just give mueller $4 million to investigate solar panels.

  2. If they've got millions to spend on unicorn farts it's like the agency is screaming that they have too much money, and that somebody needs to please take a bunch of it away.

  3. But their idea to replace styrofoam packing with ball-bearings worked, right?

    1. Results don’t matter. Intentions do. What maroons.

  4. Don

    I hope it's okay and I am posting this entire article at an Australian web site called

    With attribution to you.

    Love your work thank you.


    1. That's an excellent site, Catallaxyfiles- for those who like the Aussie conservative take on matters.

      I recommend it highly!