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Solar roads to reduce cost/generate revenue/ prepare for future

Install heated solar roads on tertiary routes to reduce the cost of snow removal and maintenance, reduce the amount of sand/rocks on the road, and reduce collisions.

Use the revenue generated from the energy produced by the panels and the cost savings to expand the amount of solar roads and sidewalks in the city. Therefore not needing additional tax dollars to grow, and eventually lessen the tax burden on citizens.

 

Use the networking capabilities of the solar road to make calgary a leading city for the development of autonomous vehicles and a leader of clean energy.

 

Benefits the city, the taxpayer, and the environment. Now that is what Michael Scott would call a win, win, win.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

No other city in the world has done it.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If it reduces costs to city, taxes to the taxpayer, accidents on the roads, and makes Calgary a global leader in autonomous vehicle development.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

The panels would be the technology that creates the data needed to address the missing pieces to make autonomous vehicles a reality.

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