France Plans to Pave Roads with Solar Panels – CityLab

Ultimately, I think solar is the solution for most of our power problems. It’s exciting to see technologies coming online to support solar collection in a wide variety of situations. It’s expensive to bring online, but more costly later. Of course, the environmental benefits are great. And we could throw out the issue of coal and gas use that bring terrible problems, as yet unsolved to our power needs. Climate change issues ought to alone compel us to begin while we are still relatively unaffected by the problems we may incur which would be most likely unstoppable and catastrophic.
We could also extend benefits to those parts of the world currently without infrastructure to support their power needs. Decentralization brings independence to these countries who desperately desire it. As well as raising standard of living, birthrates would stabilize and then recede. This fact would solve many current problems, such as deforestation, disease, civil wars.
We need the political will to make it happen. A significant benefit is in fact economic. The design, building, installation, infrastructure are labor intensive. Implementing a solar solution can bring economic vitality to all parts of the globe. Proceeding on this path ought to begin sooner rather than later.


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