Reposted from Eco-Business:
AT&T, together with Goal Zero, Pensa and the New York city government, has given New Yorkers a means to stay connected with solar charging stations. Image: Gizmag
For AT&T, the initiative is a result of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc in the United States’ East Coast area more than six months ago, causing billion dollars worth of damage and over 8 million homes to lose power. The company had then provided the city’s distribution centres with commercial generators and a pop-up cellular service, which allowed New Yorkers to get in touch with one another and with the rest of the country.
Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T’s New York state president, said, “We are always looking for new and meaningful ways to improve the daily lives of New Yorkers through greater accessibility to mobile technology … Solar mobile charging is a natural next step in AT&T’s efforts to provide innovative services for New Yorkers to lead more sustainable lives.”
Together with the city’s Parks Department, AT&T and Goal Zero will reposition the charging stations in different locations throughout the programme’s duration. Some of the areas include Coney Island, the Staten Island Zoo, Hudson River Park, Riverside Park and Governor’s Island.
The stations, said Pensa founder Marco Perry, are standalone units, thus not requiring wires to be laid down or any additional equipment that would only be an eyesore to the natural surroundings. Street Charge stations are mobile structures that can be set up anywhere.
As for making the stations a permanent fixture in the city, no plans have yet been announced.
For the government’s part, Mayor Bloomberg said, “After Hurricane Sandy, I asked our private sector partners to step up and help improve the resiliency of New York City. AT&T is doing just that, and we’re grateful for their efforts.”