This week AT&T announced it had teamed up with the city to set up 25 free solar charging stations throughout the five boroughs. The project is a response to New Yorkers’ inability to charge phones and other devices during the widespread power outages following Hurricane Sandy.
So far, only a few of the stations have been rolled out with the rest expected to come online later in the summer. Some of the locations don’t seem very practical if the point is to help out in potential storm-affected areas (if you’re trapped on Governor’s Island during a hurricane, I think you’ve got bigger problems). Still, hopefully the initiative will be successful enough so that an adequate number of stations will be available the next time the power goes out.