Solar Roadways Set To Move From Prototype To Production Thanks To Some Famous Fans

Thanks so some major celebrity support, like Nathan Fillion and George Takei (both of whom took to Facebook and Twitter), Solar Roadways has raised enough to meet their Indiegogo goal of $1 million (to date, they've made $1.4 million) and we couldn't be more thrilled. The concept is pretty much perfect and proposes replacing useless asphalt roads and parking lots with solar panels. The panel would generate three times more energy than we actually consume, which would essentially solve all of our problems. While Solar Roadways would take a lot more than just a successful crowd funding campaign to be implemented nationwide, it's a major step in the right direction.

Created by husband and wife team, Scott and Julie Brusaw of Idaho, the project has been in development since the mid-2000s and is actually pretty simple. Solar Roadways wants to cover driving surfaces (and by extension, any surface we walk on) with durable solar panels that have multiple uses and basically turn roads into "smart" tech. The panels can withstand the weight of 250,000-pound trucks and will be able to "pay for themselves" by generating clean renewable energy for homes and businesses.