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Reprinted from NationSwell.

As many of America’s asphalt and concrete roads crumble, solar pavement may offer a brighter future.

Off Interstate 85 along the Alabama-Georgia border, an area of asphalt the size of two SUVs parked nose-to-nose is soaking up the sun. But unlike traditional blacktop, it’s capturing solar energy and using it to power a nearby information booth and electric car-charging station.

This bright idea to cover a roadway with solar tiles stems from the notion that highways should be dual purpose.

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