AT&T Unveils 25 Solar-Powered Charging Stations Around NYC

Posted on: June 19th, 2013 at 10:12 am by
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[Photo: Cnet]Hurricane Sandy taught downtowners, among other things, how to hustle for a charge to keep cell phones connected to the outside. And to always carry a charger. The storm exposed how reliant we truly are on technology and the electricity that powers it. During the ensuing blackout, AT&T set up mobile charge stations to help its customer base. Out of this mobilization came the idea of solar stations around the Five Boroughs.

Beginning this week, the Street Charge Project will deploy 25 solar-powered docking locations in the city that allow anyone to plug in and quickly juice up. There are six USB connectors for the various models of mobile phones. According to Cnet, AT&T is footing the entire bill for the project, at no additional cost to the city. Each battery hub is designed to provide three to four days of continuous charging.

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[Hustling for a charge; Oct. 31, 2012]This is the trial phase, and AT&T will consider any possible long-term plans at the end of the year. Below is a list of locations by borough.

Manhattan:
Riverside Park, Pier I (launches 6/18)
Union Square Park, North Plaza (launches 6/19)
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park Summerstage
Hudson River Park Pier 59

Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1; (launches 6/18)
Fort Greene Park (launches 6/18)
Coney Island
Metrotech Plaza
The Dumbo Arts Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival

Queens:
Rockaway Beach
Clearview Golf Course
Socrates Sculpture Park

Bronx:
Orchard Beach

Staten Island:
Governor’s Island (launches 6/18)
La Tourette Golf Course; Staten Island Zoo
Randall’s Island

How do you feel about solar-powered charging stations?

[via Cnet]

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