The Pros And Cons Of France's First Solar Road

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Tourouvre-au-Perche - a small village in Normandy, France - boasts the world’s first solar road. It is made of tempered glass capable of withstanding the pressure of a semi-truck, and it has the same texture of asphalt. This road is currently capable of powering streetlights and warning drivers of upcoming traffic or obstructions using LED lights on the road. It is hoped the roads may one day be used for charging electric cars. The one-kilometer road was unveiled by Ségolène Royal, France’s ecology minister, who has pledged to build one-thousand kilometers of solar roads throughout the country over the next five years. While many see the advantages of having such innovative renewable energy, many critics are worried about cost. The vice-president of Network for Energetic Transition (CLER), Marc Jedliczka said, “It’s without doubt a technical advance but, in order to develop renewables, there are other priorities than a gadget of which we are more certain that it’s very expensive than the fact it works,” (source). With one kilometer of solar road costing France five million euros, over five million U.S. dollars, Jedliczka along with other critics worry that the advantages of a solar road will not outweigh the cost it takes to make these specialized solar panels. France is not the only country exploring solar roads.…show more content…
Cuthbertson mainly uses basic facts and quotes to inform the reader of the French solar roads. Throughout the article, however, his intent seems to be to promote the roads, and Cuthbertson does not talk much about the economic difficulty of the roads. He instead chooses to mainly talk about the technological innovation they represent and the advantages of this new green energy resource. His bias toward the solar road does not affect reliability, because he does state the economic concerns and gives the price to make the
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