6.5 Years + $4.3 Million = 1 Microwave Oven

Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Project Generates Enough Energy to Run ONE Microwave Oven


An expensive solar road project in Idaho can’t even power a microwave most days, according to the project’s energy data.

The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.

On March 29th, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, or less electricity than a single plasma television consumes. On March 31st, the panels generated 1.06 kWh, enough to barely power a single microwave. The panels have been under-performing their expectations due to design flaws, but even if they had worked perfectly they’d have only powered a single water fountain and the lights in a nearby restroom.

Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways has been in development for 6.5 years and received a total of $4.3 million in funding to generate 90 cents worth of electricity.

The project broke down in late March and had to be repaired, and screenshots taken that month show the roadway’s electrical box caught fire. Firefighters soon showed up to the scene, prompting the solar project’s official webcam to issue an update: “The Solar Roadways electrical system is currently undergoing maintenance. Please check back late next week.”

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3 Responses to 6.5 Years + $4.3 Million = 1 Microwave Oven

  1. grayjohn says:

    This garbage and the company that makes it were exposed and debunked about a year ago as a total scam and fraud by a Brit You Tuber called Thunderfoot. Idaho is infected with severe moonbatism.

  2. bogsidebunny says:

    Yup, the Liberal cancer is spreading from Oregon, California & Washington State eastward. And the New York, New Jersey & Massachusetts Liberal cancer is spreading West and South.

    We’re DOOMED!

  3. Eskyman says:

    Us Neanderthalian right-wingers may see this project as a failure, as it doesn’t produce any power and cost a bundle, but that’s not the point!

    If you look at this project as a way to siphon large sums of taxpayer money to scumbags who couldn’t operate a broom, but who are high muckety-mucks in the eyes of the Left, then you’ll see its tremendous success!

    It takes our taxpayer money, gives it to High Priests of the Environmental Scam (who are invariably Demorats,) and the whole thing is (outwardly) Environmentally Wonderful and For The Children(tm), so all the soccer moms fall for it and re-elect the scumbags who thought the scheme up! (I’m a weary CA resident, it happens over and over and over, just this way. Sigh.)

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