AT&T to offer solar powered charging stations in New York
Each station consists of a 12.5 foot steel pole with 3 solar panels fanning out from the top and will be seen in locations like Union Square Park and Rockaway Beach for three to four weeks at a time until October comes. The chargers will rotate locations with areas like Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Pier 59, Coney Island and the Staten Island Zoo. The project will cost $300,000 to $500,000 and the idea for the project came after AT&T brought cellular towers on wheels and diesel generators to parts of the city devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The stations each contain three 15 watt solar panels and a 168-watt-hour lithium ion battery pack which keeps the station operating throughout the night or 5 days without sunshine. Users can recharge a smartphone in two hours, or grab a quick 30% charge in 30 minutes. If the testing works out well, AT&T will bring the solar-powered charging stations to other states.
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3577; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I wouldn't stray too far from my charging phone on one of these in NYC...better yet, it's not even worth the risk.
3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
awesome idea. gotta put it in other cities as well
4. Greenceed (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
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