We sent out our first Shareholder Newsletter yesterday. If you are a Shareholder and did not receive it, please let us know. We also asked for any updates on mailing addresses. We’ve ordered the Challenge Coins and want to make sure we send them to the correct addresses.
We have both good and bad news. We like to hear bad news first, so we’ll start with that.
Our two DOD Phase II applications were placed in the “Selectable/NotFunded” Category. We were very disappointed as the funding would have covered the cost of Solar Road Panels for the bases that gave us MOUs. They say if more funding becomes available, we could still be funded.
However, the good news is that our Smart Grid solution was deemed Selectable for an AFWERX STTR Phase II and an AFWERX SBIR Phase II.
This gives any potential government stakeholders a sole source mechanism to deploy our solution to meet their green energy mission requirements through an SBIR (or STTR) Phase III.
Advantages of the Phase III:
• Sole Source (no competition required)
• Have unlimited dollar values
• No time limit between Phase I/II award and a Phase III
• No limit on types of funding (R&D, OMA, OPA, etc.)
• No limit on Government agencies that can create or use the vehicle
We welcome inquiries from any U.S. bases who would like pilot projects.
Now for some really great news: We’ve been following through with our intention to use much of the StartEngine funding toward getting FCC and UL approvals. It’s been a time-consuming process. We sent several panels and communication devices for FCC testing. We’ve passed the tests and now we’re waiting for certification. FCC certification is a type of product certification for electronic and electrical goods that are manufactured or sold in the United States. It certifies that the radio frequency emitted from a product is within limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). We’re also getting Canadian approval.
We sent UL an SR4 panel and communication devices. We’re seeking UL approval on the SR5 model currently under design. UL is being very helpful in suggesting ways to quicken the UL approval process.
Scott is working on SR5 design and it’s a very good thing to finally have the funding to be working with UL simultaneously. If we had completed the design and then sent it for UL approval, they might have rejected design components that would have sent us back to the drawing board. So, while it feels like SR5 is taking a long time to finalize, it’s much more time and cost effective to work with them now and learn that they are going to reject a certain component for instance, so that it’s eliminated from the design now. We are currently working to find and settle on some UL approved components such as connectors and safety devices.
Our goal is to have FCC certification, UL approval, and mass manufacturing set up for the model SR5 to be rolled out next year. We are currently working with an automotive manufacturer, who is helping us design SR5 for ease of manufacturing. They have estimated that they can produce 600,000 Solar Road Panels per year at one of their facilities in the U.S. Our goal is and has always been that every panel which is slated for installation within the U.S. will be manufactured in the U.S. They also have several facilities overseas when we’re ready for the foreign market. It’s best for the environment that they be manufactured close to where they are going to be installed to reduce the need for shipping. As part of our mission to make the world a greener and safer place, we are working to make decisions accordingly.
Some of you may have seen DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s video on Twitter where he is standing by some solar panels on a road in Georgia. He spoke in very positive terms about the technology and the help it will be for Electric Vehicles and helping to stop Climate Change. We assume that he wasn’t aware that the panels he was standing next to were made by one of our “copycats” as we like to call them – in France! Many of our supporters tried to direct him to our American company, and we retweeted many of those. We’re reaching out to him and created this photo for him:
If you are not yet following us on social media, we hope you’ll do so. We’re active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We vary the content considerably between platforms.
Again, thank you for helping us to make the world a greener and safer place for us all.
Scott and Julie Brusaw
Solar Roadways Founders