Solar roadway fundraiser raises nearly $2 million

Solar roadway fundraiser raises nearly $2 million

Solar roadway fundraiser raises nearly $2 million

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

SAGLE, Idaho.—A couple with a revolutionary idea to cover U.S. roadways with solar panels has almost doubled their $1 million crowdfunding goal after their story on KREM 2 News in April went viral.

An electrical engineer, Scott Brusaw of Sagle, came up with the idea to cover 28,000 miles of roadway and parking lots with solar panels. The panels would collect solar energy to course into the nation’s solar grid.

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Brusaw and his wife launched an Earth Day crowdfunding campaign in April on the Indiegogo website.  They hoped to raise $1 million to hire a team and build a manufacturing facility. Their campaign had surpassed $1.8 million on Monday.

The Brusaw's campaign gained national media attention. The project was mentioned by Julian Lennon, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, George Takei and Myth Busters. Brusaw said the CEO of Indiegogo reached out to the couple in May.

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Things picked up so quickly, Brusaw said it became hard to keep up.  Brusaw said he and his wife were not complaining; the response to their campaign was exactly what they had hoped for.

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