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.


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