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EXPLORE
THE RAY TECHNOLOGY

Explore the technology behind The Ray – where we are today, and where we’re headed in the coming years. As a living lab, The Ray will be a proving ground for emerging innovations and how they can work together to create a regenerative highway ecosystem. The technology will evolve, and so will we. It’s an exciting journey, and we’re just beginning.

SOLAR-POWERED VEHICLE CHARGING

2015

Located along The Ray, the Visitor Information Center in West Point, Georgia is home to the state’s very first solar-powered PV4EV (photovoltaic for electric vehicle) charging station. It’s one giant step toward creating the infrastructure that’s needed to support electric vehicle transportation.

POWERED BY

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
Hannah Solar, LLC

CLIMATE MODELING

2016

In the coming years, we’ll be adapting The Ray based on recommendations from a comprehensive vulnerability assessment that anticipates the way weather patterns and climate change will impact our geographical area. This research will guide everything we do—from how we transform right-of-way to the materials we use, making The Ray an example for other roadways in the Southeast and the world.

POWERED BY

Resilient Analytics

TIRE SAFETY

CHECK STATION

2016

Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and reduce fuel efficiency, but tire inflation and monitoring methods of today are a hassle. Our roll-over WheelRight Tire Pressure Monitoring System, located at West Point’s Visitor Information Center on The Ray, sends drivers a text message with critical information about their tire pressure. Simply drive over the monitor to get your text!

POWERED BY

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

BIOSWALES

2016

To clean water runoff on The Ray, we’re constructing bioswales, which are shallow drainage ditches filled with vegetation or compost to slow water movements and capture particulate pollutants during rainstorms. Made from plant species native to Georgia, our bioswales will also help beautify our stretch of I-85.

POWERED BY

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

SOLAR-PAVED HIGHWAY

2016

The Ray is the testing ground for Wattway’s pilot project in the U.S.: a pavement that uses photovoltaic techniques to provide renewable energy in the form of electricity, while allowing for all forms of traffic. The 50 square meter installation will be installed in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is located next to West Point’s Visitor Information Center.

POWERED BY

Wattway
Hannah Solar, LLC

POLLINATOR GARDEN

2016

The first of its kind at any GDOT facility, The Ray’s 7,000-square-foot pollinator garden at the Georgia Visitor Information Center in West Point not only serves as an important habitat for honeybees, monarch butterflies and other species, but it also adds color and beauty to our stretch of I-85.

POWERED BY

The Georgia Conservancy
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
The Chattahoochee Nature Center

SOLAR BARRIERS

2017

We’re interested in finding ways that solar paneling can combine with other much-needed, functional highway innovations on The Ray. Specifically, we’re beginning our quest by prototyping solar barriers, which would help reduce highway noise while capturing valuable solar energy. As our endeavor evolves, we’ll keep posting the data and breakthroughs we achieve.

POWERED BY

The Georgia Conservancy
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
The Chattahoochee Nature Center

RIGHT-OF-WAY SOLAR

2019

Thanks to unprecedented partnership between the GPSC and Georgia DOT, construction has commenced on a pilot right-of-way solar project alongside The Ray in Troup County. Once it’s completed in 2019, this collaboration will be the first time state-owned and maintained right-of-way has ever been used for renewable energy generation in Georgia.

POWERED BY

Georgia Public Service Commission (GPSC)
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)