Houston (AP) The state’s transportation department says it is considering installing solar panels at three new bridges along Interstate 10.
The Texas Department in a news release Tuesday says the project will be a “cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution for addressing the current energy and water needs of the state.”
The bridges would be built over two miles of new concrete, according to the news release.
The announcement comes a week after the Texas Department Of Transportation approved a $20 million contract with Solar Roof Energy, a solar panel manufacturer, to build a bridge over the Calvary State Bridge, also in western Texas.
The company has not yet filed paperwork with the Texas Public Service Commission for the project.
The Calvarian State Bridge is a 1.1-mile long highway built in 1925 and built over the Missouri River to link Houston with San Antonio.
The bridge was built over a railroad crossing to protect a riverbed from erosion.
It was the first of its kind in Texas.