From Springwise: 15 February 2011 – The government of North Holland is planning to install solar panels on a cycle path near the town of Krommenie, near Amsterdam.
The Solaroad project has been developed by the TNO research institute alongside the Province of North Holland, the Ooms Avenhorn Group and Imtech. The design was unveiled at concept stage recently and is scheduled to be installed in 2012. The modular system consists of thick concrete blocks covered in a 1cm thick layer of silicon solar cells, which are then protected by toughed glass. It is expected to generate 50 kWh per square metre a year — electricity that can then be used for street lighting, traffic systems, or for household use. See the website 4