Commend Students for World’s First Solar Panel Pathway

Target: Solar Institute students at George Washington University and architectural firm STUDIO39

Goal: Give thanks to students and designers for implementing an energy-converting solar pathway

Recently, student members of the Solar Institute at George Washington University teamed up with architectural firm STUDIO39 to integrate 27 solar panels into sections of public sidewalk. The “Solar Walk,” as it is called, converts energy from the sun, routing the power back to create electricity for local buildings. Commend these people for their work in creating an economic, environmentally friendly way to better generate electricity.

The Solar Institute is an advanced research facility dedicated to tackling issues surrounding the development of solar energy. As the global energy needs and environmental challenges increase, the institute continues to raise funds and conduct independent research, effectively and creatively solving problems. Similarly, STUDIO39 is committed to staying updated on the best environmentally sustainable landscape practices, such as building green roofs.

According to The National Geographic, enough sunlight is beamed on Earth’s surface in one hour to cover global energy needs for a year. It is an inexhaustible source, and has the benefits of being both pollution and noise free. Additionally, unlike other sources, solar energy can charge satellites orbiting the Earth just as easily as it can charge a remotely located cabin, or even a skyscraper in a downtown district.

The panels installed by students and designers are built to carry human weight, making the panels durable like the concrete with which they are integrated. This new walkway, the first of its kind, transfers solar energy directly into electricity for one of the university buildings. The students from the Solar Institute and the designers from STUDIO39 have built a highly commendable project, as it not only easily powers a local building, but also further opens the door to implementing green technology. Sign the petition below to thank them for their determined research and work.


Dear STUDIO39 and Director of the Solar Institute Amit Ronen,

Recently, a collaboration between students of the institute and designers of the landscaping architectural firm resulted in a solar panel pathway. Your dedicated research and efforts to providing cleaner energy while protecting the environment are highly commendable.

Currently, this path converts solar energy into the power that runs one of the university buildings. It is the first of its kind in the world, and can be used as a model for furthering the implementation of green technology.

Thank you for your continued work in making our planet more sustainable by solving current economic and environmental issues surrounding energy and electricity.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: New York District, U.S. Army via Flickr

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