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World's First Solar Road Opens in Normandy, France

The stretch of road is covered in photovoltaic panels, which transform solar energy into electricity

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    Photovoltaic power panels stand at Abaste's El Bonillo Solar Plant on Dec. 2, 2015 in El Bonillo, Albacete province, Spain.

    France has just opened what it claims is the first public solar panel road in the world, officials said on Thursday, NBC News reported. 

    The French Ministry of the Environment announced the inauguration of the "unprecedented" new road on Thursday, which is covered by solar panels and stretches for more than half mile in the town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. 

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    The road, called the Wattway, was officially opened Thursday by French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal and Mayor Guy Monhée, according to a statement from the environmental ministry. 

    The stretch of road is covered in photovoltaic panels, which transform solar energy into electricity.