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Branching out with solar to charge devices

University Business, December 2015
North Carolina State University's solar tree gives students another option to recharge.
North Carolina State University's solar tree gives students another option to recharge.

North Carolina State University has installed near its library a 16-foot-tall solar tree where students and others can charge laptops, phones and tablets.

Comprising a 1,500-watt solar array atop a recycled steel base, the tree is designed to withstand 140 mph winds and is the first of three planned for this area of campus.

It was a gift from the university’s Park Scholars Class of 2015. The tree was manufactured by Spotlight Solar and installed by Yes! Solar Solutions. NCSU also has 11 other solar installations.