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New Public Solar Charging Stations In New York Will Power Up Your iOS Device

New Public Solar Charging Stations In New York Will Power Up Your iOS Device

June 18, 2013
At least in New York, iOS device users now have a unique way to recharge an iPhone or iPad. Solar power provider Goal Zero is teaming up with AT&T and Brooklyn design studio Pensa to introduce public, solar-powered charging stations, known as Street Charge, across the city. Along with the newer Lightning plugs, the stations will also have 30-pin adapters for older iOS devices.
“We’re excited to team up with AT&T and Pensa to help make New York a little greener and solar power a little more accessible,” said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero. “Nearly half of all Americans own a smartphone and the amount of time we spend on handheld devices has increased dramatically. All too often, we hear the dreaded low-battery beep and it happens at the most inconvenient times. Street Charge will fix that.”
Pensa tested a prototype Street Charge last summer in Brooklyn using a reclaimed public space. Along with providing power to mobile devices, the Street Charges have potential to offer lighting and Wi-Fi in the future. A station will debut today at Fort Greene Park. This summer, AT&T will deploy other units across the city in high-traffic areas like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, the Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall's Island, Governor's Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park.

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