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Well, it started as just another long-shot solar startup with a big idea and even bigger ambitions.
Then, this video happened (you might want to turn your volume down a couple clicks). It’s closing in on 9 million views as of today and picking up steam.
With the YouTube help, Solar Roadways is utterly demolishing previous crowdfunding records. Take two soft-spoken engineers, a save-the-world attitude, and artist renderings that could easily be mistaken for laser-tag advertisements. Shake them up, and what do you get? Galvanization of the general public behind a solar project, that’s what…to the tune of $1.6 million and counting from crowdfunding alone (see their campaign on indiegogo).
Unlikely? Your government doesn’t think so: Solar Roadways has already received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.
Remarkable product + big dreams + a little viral marketing know-how: is this the new formula for startups in renewable energy?