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Israeli landscaping firm installs solar phone charging streetlamps
By SHARON UDASIN
04/05/2014
Project will provide a safe, well-lit place for residents on the move to charge their waning batteries, company says.
 
Aiming to keep Herzliyan cellphone batteries charged a bit longer, landscaping company Pashut Yarok (Simply Green) has erected solar-powered streetlamp charge spots at one of the city’s main junctions.

The company on Sunday installed seven solar pillars at Herzliya’s Sira junction, where Road 2, Sderot Abba Eban and Road 541 meet.

Powered by solar panels, each pillar is equipped with a USB socket and an automotive spark plug, the firm said. The pillar stores enough energy accumulated by the panels during the day to enable street lighting at night and devicecharging at all hours, the company added.

The project will provide a safe, well-lit place for residents on the move to charge their waning batteries, according to Pashut Yarok.

Installation of the seven pillars, which will provide lighting and charge spots free to residents, was financed by the Herzliya Municipality.

“The State of Israel has an abundance of possibilities for exploiting solar energy, particularly during a period in which electricity prices are rising all the time,” said Guy Saar, the CEO of Pashut Yarok.

The pillars, he explained, require neither the energy costs associated with expensive streetlamp lighting nor a connection to electricity infrastructure.

“We are only in the beginning stages of executing our abilities,” Saar added.
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