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Sagle couple’s idea for solar-powered roads wins first round of GE Ecomagination Challenge

Sagle, Idaho couple Scott and Julie Brusaw are the first winners in the GE Ecomagination Challenge, and collected a $50,000 award for a breakthrough idea to use solar panels to build “smart roads.”

Their Web pages are:  www.solarroadways.com and here on Facebook.

They were the people’s choice winners for developing a road surface technology, relying on solar glass, that could lead to safer driving, electrical generation and other benefits.

The Brusaws received more than 74,000 votes in the GE-sponsored tech challenge, which drew more than 3,500 ideas. This round of voting was the first in the GE Ecomagination Challenge, which is a $200 million innovation experiment where businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students share their best ideas on how to build the next-generation power grid.