World’s First Solar Sidewalk Installed At George Washington University

Walking on sunshine

George Washington University land use planner Eric Selbst posed by the university's solar sidewalk while it was under construction. The George Washington University

Just in case those little solar-powered garden lights are not cool enough for you: The George Washington University has installed a 100-square-foot stretch of walkway that’s covered entirely in solar panels. In a year, the solar sidewalk should make about 470 kilowatt-hours of electricity, according to numbers from Onyx Solar, the walkway’s maker. That electricity will power the 450 LED lights inside the panels that will light the walk at night.

This is “the first installation of walkable solar paneled sidewalk in the world,” the university’s senior land use planner, Eric Selbst, said in a statement.

What makes a solar panel walkable is that it’s non-slip and is able to withstand weather and foot traffic. This particular walkway will see students on their way between Exploration and Innovation Halls on campus.

The walkway also includes a solar panel-covered trellis, which The George Washington University installed last year. Electricity from the trellis feeds into Innovation Hall, Solar Reviews reports.

[The George Washington University, Solar Reviews via Gizmag]