AT&T Expands Solar Mobile Charging Initiative in New York

By Daniel Berg on 19 May 2014
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New York City at night

New York City at night

AT&T announced that it increased the number of solar mobile charging stations available in New York City. AT&T Street Charge units are now available without charge in various locations citywide through September, including more than 20 parks, beaches, and outdoor gathering spots.

The company unveiled the new Street Charge units at an event commemorating the anniversary of the World’s Fair, where AT&T presented another innovation, the Picturephone, in 1964.

The stations allow anyone with a mobile phone or tablet to charge their device, and are located in different high-density spots throughout the city, including Central Park and Union Square in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and Midland Beach in Staten Island.

The Street Charge units are equipped with three monocyrstaline solar panels that collect and store energy from the sun during the day, and allow users to charge their devices even when it is dark out.

AT&T’s Street Charge program was originally inspired by the need for sustainable, public power sources in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2013. The program is a joint effort with the New York City Parks & Recreation Department.

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