AT&T Expands Solar-Powered Street Charge Initiative in NYC
Beginning the week of May 19, anyone with a mobile phone or tablet can charge their device for free at one of the AT&T Street Charge units around the city.Telecommunications giant AT&T plans to nearly double the number of solar mobile charging stations available in outdoor locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City this summer, including Central Park, Coney Island and Rockaway Beach. Since the implementation of the program last year, AT&T made some additional upgrades to the enhanced and new units in order to make them more weather-resistant and able to withstand higher usage. Beginning the week of May 19, anyone with a mobile phone or tablet can charge their device for free at one of the AT&T Street Charge units in parks, beaches and outdoor gathering spots. "We are pleased to be working with AT&T again this year to provide Street Charge stations in many parks throughout the city," NYC Parks deputy commissioner for management, budget and public programs, Robert Garafola, said in a statement. "In this day and age, people are becoming more tech-savvy and dependent on their mobile devices for communication, information and entertainment. As the warm weather approaches and New Yorkers take to the outdoors, they will be able to utilize the AT&T charging stations along with public WiFi at many parks and beaches."
The units work day or night, in sun or shade. During the day, three monocrystaline solar panels collect the sun’s energy to charge up internal batteries. This enables the units to power up phones, tablets and other devices as quickly as a wall charger, even when the sun isn’t shining.