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AT&T to offer solar powered charging stations in New York

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AT&T to offer solar powered charging stations in New York
AT&T's solar charging station will get tested in the Big Apple

AT&T's solar charging station will get tested in the Big Apple

According to a published report, today 25 solar-powered charging stations will pop up in the 5 boroughs of New York City in parks, beaches and other open spaces courtesy of AT&T. It's all part of a program being conducted by a partnership made up of the carrier and the City. Each station can charge 6 devices at one time no matter which carrier powers the units. There will be dedicated ports for the Apple iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and a standard USB connector.

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.

source: NYTimes

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posted on 18 Jun 2013, 02:24 3

1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Kudos AT&T.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:21 1

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2402; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:02

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6591; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


awesome idea. gotta put it in other cities as well

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:26

4. Greenceed (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


Solar charging stations are a great addition. Here's another fine Solar Charging Station for college & university campuses and parks. It allows the user to charge mobile devices and continue to work in a seated position. Click here: goo.gl/gcRkD

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