The Netherlands has opened the world's first solar bicycle path, which will trial the usage of embedded photovoltaic technology in road surfaces to generate electricity to power street and traffic lights as well as local homes.

The 3 million Euro (US$3.7 million) SolaRoad pilot project in the North Holland town of Krommenie consists of a two-lane bike path which will eventually run a distance of hundred metres adjacent to provincial road N203. The first 70 metres have already been completed, with the remaining 30 metres to be…