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    World’s First Solar Road Opens in France

    They’re starting small. The Normandy village of Tourouvre-au-Perche is home to only 5,000 people, but it’s taking its place in energy history with the first road paved with solar panels, dubbed the “Wattway.” Solar has become increasingly popular as costs decrease, and this $5.2 million project, which will power the town’s streetlights, is a test drive for new technology. If this section of road produces adequate power, French officials say they may place solar panels all over the country’s highway system as they shift gears toward renewable energy sources.

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