Solar roadway fundraiser surpasses $1 million goal

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 8:45 PM

SAGLE, Idaho.—A couple with a revolutionary idea to cover U.S. roadways with solar panels surpassed their $1 million crowd-funding 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 crowd-funding 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 $1.4 million on Tuesday.

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

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

 

 

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