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Statement on Federal Right-of-way Solar from The Ray Highway

Statement on Federal Right-of-way Solar from The Ray Highway

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Sec. Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy announced today their plan to utilize our nation’s highway right-of-way (ROW) land to integrate fiber and electric power infrastructure, modernize our nation’s electric grid, and support the development of renewables.

 

The Ray is ready to partner with State DOTs across the country to help take advantage of the underutilized land on our interstate roadsides.

„My father, Ray C. Anderson, would be proud to see this program come to fruition,” said Harriet Anderson Langford, president and founder of The Ray. „Since our creation, The Ray has been inspired by the opportunity we saw in the underutilized land on our interstate roadsides. Our hope is by bringing ROW solar development forward, this program will be a catalyst for future projects that unlock the full potential of our ROW land. Like our solar megawatt on The Ray Highway, ROW solar projects also have the capability to repurpose the soil below as pollinator habitats for our bees and butterflies. Solar is only the beginning.”

„Through our partnerships with over half a dozen states, The Ray has brought ROW solar to the forefront of highway innovation,” said Laura Rogers, director of strategic partnerships for The Ray. „With these build-ready projects, State DOTs win on day one by optimizing underutilized land to generate clean renewable energy that benefits their communities, the environment and their budgets. Now, with the help of our solar mapping tool, we are ready to work alongside all 48 contiguous states to transform the thousands of acres of interstate roadside suitable for solar development.”

 

 

About The Ray

The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future with the mission to build a zero carbon, zero waste, zero death highway system. It begins with the 18-mile stretch of interstate named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native who became a captain of industry and was recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Interface, Inc., to pursue zero environmental footprint. Chaired by Ray’s daughter Harriet Langford, The Ray is an epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Learn more at www.TheRay.org.