Can roads provide the power for our electric cars?

Where is the power going to come from for the next generation of electric cars? Is in necessary to burn more coal or natural gas or split more atoms? Why not build a road that makes fuel from sunlight for our cars and homes? Solar Roadways, a company in Idaho, has just received federal funding to build a prototype power generating road panel.

Each panel can generate and store electricity, and even melt snow when needed. According to their FAQ, each mile of 4 lane highway produces enough power for 428 houses.

This is some amazing out-of-the-box thinking and probably worthy of far more than the $100,000 that the Department of Transportaion is putting into the project.