Local solar roadway inventor honored at the World Tech. Awards




Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 9:21 PM

SAGLE, Idaho -- A North Idaho inventor received national recognition Friday night for his work in changing the road we drive on everyday.

Hundreds of innovators from across the world are meeting in New York City for the World Technology Awards. Local inventor Scott Brusaw and his wife are finalists for the award.

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Brusaw has been working for more than four years trying to find a way to cover all U.S. roads and parking lots with solar panels. He has since received a $100,000 contract from the Federal Highway Administration to further his research. Brusaw was also recognized by the World Technology Network, an international group of innovators that nominated him a finalist in their annual award summit.   

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“It came as a surprise really. We didn’t know somebody had submitted us. And we just got a letter a couple a months ago saying we’re a finalist for this award,” said Brusaw.

Brusaw said he and his wife need time to finish their first major project which is a solar parking lot at their lab in Sagle, Idaho.  The parking lot could potentially produce enough electricity to power their building.

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“Overall, we believe we’ll be taking the building of grid. And that’s the advantage of building lot if you’ve got a Walmart or something,” said Brusaw.

Brusaw said he and his wife are just waiting for some parts to complete the parking lot. He hopes to have it finished and ready for testing by January.