AT&T debuts solar mobile charging stations
US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a pilot project which provides free solar mobile charging stations in locations across New York City. Called Street Charge, the public can charge their phones, tablets and other mobile devices free of charge while out and about.
AT&T says the initiative is a direct result of Superstorm Sandy when AT&T powered the City's distribution centres with commercial generators and a pop-up cellular service. New Yorkers who had lost power for days or longer flocked to the centres seeking a charge and a way to communicate to the outside world.
AT&T teamed up with solar technology company Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa to develop the initiative.
Between now and the end of summer, AT&T will deploy around 25 AT&T Street Charge solar mobile charging units.
"Two years ago, we debuted free Wi-Fi in 26 locations across New York City Parks and last year became one of the first major carriers to offer underground cellular service on 36 subway platforms. Solar mobile charging is a natural next step in AT&T's efforts to provide innovative services for New Yorkers that empower them to lead more sustainable lives,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State president, AT&T.
- AT&T has just published its 2012 Sustainability Report where it states that its 14,300 energy-reducing projects have saved it more than $151m in annualised energy savings since 2010 and nearly 1.3bn kilowatt hours, equivalent to the electricity use of 136,340 homes in one year.