Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular crowdfunding campaign.
Obviously a great idea. The first thing that occurred to me, though, was theft. Seems like these panels would:
- Be worth something, and
- Be easy to steal
I fantasize about a planet that’s powered by CURRENT sun energy, though (as opposed to the sun energy stored in old earth), and this is definitely a part of that.