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: 3285; 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 (Posts: 6989; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
awesome idea. gotta put it in other cities as well
4. Greenceed (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
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