Sacramento drops solar highways project
California abandoned plans for a solar highway similar to Oregon's.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will not pursue its "solar highways" project, the utility has announced.
In the works since 2008, the demonstration project would have installed two large solar projects along Highway 50 in Sacramento County.
Inspired by a trailblazing project in Oregon, SMUD was looking to start with a 1.5-megawatt project, with solar systems near Mather Field Road and SMUD’s headquarters near 59th Street and Stockton Boulevard.
SMUD had been working with the California Department of Transportation to determine how to make it safe, maximize its energy potential and make it aesthetically pleasing. SMUD had hoped to help Caltrans create a blueprint so the project could be recreated in other parts of the state.
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