Branching out with solar to charge devices
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.