Street Charge is a pilot initiative that provides free solar mobile charging stations in 25 locations around NYC where the public can charge phones, tablets and other mobile devices. The project is developed by AT&T Company in collaboration with the solar technology company Goal Zero and the Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa. The charging stations are powered by solar panels without an external power source or wires so they can be disassembled and then reassembled in other locations. Solar panels bloom from the top of the terminal to provide power during the day, while built-in lithium batteries run the stations at night, providing 24-hour service to mobile users. The main objective is to bring innovative solar mobile charging stations to parks, beaches and other outdoor venues across the five boroughs. A direct outgrowth of Hurricane Sandy, the initiative aimed to keep New Yorkers connected as they traveled throughout the city. In 2014, AT&T is will nearly double the number of solar mobile charging stations available in outdoor locations throughout the five boroughs in their continuing effort to forge a sustainable solution to keeping New Yorkers connected. Beginning May 18, anyone with a mobile phone or tablet has been able to charge their phone for free at one of 45 AT&T Street Charge units in more than 20 parks, beaches and outdoor gathering spots.
Objectives and beneficiaries
Actually this practice is benefitting NYC citizens, especially business men, and tourists. However, it could bring benefits in all those areas that suffer of lack of energy, power blackouts, and extreme events.
Strong points of the practice
The possibility to access a free, low carbon, renewable source of energy to charge mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation
Promoting the use of clean and free renewable sources of energy.
Replicability potential of the practice
Street Charge grew out of a need for a sustainable power source during Superstorm Sandy, so that it could be implemented in all those areas sensitive to extreme events. However, considering the growing need for sustainable and low carbon sources of energies, it could fit the exigencies of any urban areas so as regions challenged by energy poverty that have a massive solar power potential (i.e. North Africa and Middle East).