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GOAL ZERO Teams Up with AT&T & Pensa to Develop & Deploy Public Solar Charging Stations

Posted June 18, 2013 by .Omar Correa in News

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 10.54.29 AMIn a world where fast-paced seems to be the only pace, there’s no time for dead cell phones.  Solar power market leader GOAL ZERO is collaborating with AT&T and Brooklyn design studio PENSA, to offer an eco-friendly solution to New Yorkers facing the dead-battery dilemma – public solar powered charging stations known as Street Charge.

Street Charge features a modern design and is powered by the latest in solar panel and battery technology from Goal Zero. People will be able to conveniently charge their phones and hand-held devices using built-in USB ports and charging tips. Solar panels and lithium batteries are elegantly incorporated into each station to ensure that there is juice for people to power up – day or night.

“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’s prototype Street Charge was tested last summer in Brooklyn. Installed in a reclaimed public space in tech-savvy DUMBO, Street Charge gave people a perfect place to relax and recharge. Teaming up with Goal Zero, the market leader in portable solar solutions, was the logical next step to develop this concept further.

“Partnering up with Goal Zero is a great match for us,” said Marco Perry, co-founder of Pensa. “We’re looking to create something that complements its surroundings and invites people to hang out and recharge. We have also found that where people gather, opportunities develop for street vendors and retail, and neglected urban areas come alive.”

Street Charge will be modular to meet the needs of architects, developers, and city planners seeking to offer amenities in commercial and public spaces. Besides providing power, Street Charge will have the potential for lighting, WIFI, and signage for ads and way finding.

Street Charge will make its debut on June 18th at Fort Greene Park. AT&T will then deploy units around New York this summer in high foot traffic areas like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park.

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.Omar Correa

Omar is the Founder & Editor In Chief of GeeksterLabs.com (formerly known as BuyMeAniPhone.com). He is a Graphic/Web Designer by day and a tech reviewer by night. He's been reviewing products since 2007 and has filmed over 700 videos. He's also written reviews and articles for iPhone Life Magazine. He oversees all editorial content, focusing special attention on emerging technologies.