World’s first solar highway in Shandong sabotaged: officials

By Global Times Source:Global Times - Agencies Published: 2018/1/7 12:18:39

The world's first photovoltaic highway was sabotaged five days after it was opened for use in East China's Shandong Province, the local authority said, adding they're unclear if some of the missing parts were stolen.

China began testing the world's first solar expressway in late December. However, local authorities found out that the highway was sabotaged and a section of see-through concrete layer disappeared, the Beijing Youth Daily reported on Friday.

The cut was very clean and appears as if it was done by professionals, and seven other solar-panel parts of the road were also tampered, an employee of the Qilu Transportation Development Group, the project developer, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Highway maintenance workers fixed the highway and built a protective barrier along the road. Two lanes were temporarily closed, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The highway construction team launched emergency measures after they discovered the incident, and police have opened an investigation.

The company estimated the damage in tens of thousands of yuan. 

While the highway was being constructed, unidentified people were seen taking photos or stealing parts, the newspaper reported.

The photovoltaic highway is made from underground solar panels, and the surface of the road is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Covering 5,875 square meters, the panels can generate 1 million kwh of power a year, enough to meet the daily requirements of around 800 households, the company said.



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