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Oct 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

New Solar-powered Charging Station in Spirit Square

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 26, 2017 –Visitors to Spirit Square in Coquitlam are now able to charge up their mobile devices using the power of the sun.

Coquitlam is preparing a submission for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, a nation-wide competition with prizes of up to $50 million that will support Canadian cities in using technology and data to improve livability and opportunities.
A new solar-powered charging station been installed in Spirit Square, on Burlington Drive next to City Hall in City Centre, as part of a City of Coquitlam Smart City pilot project.

Positioned next to an existing bench, the red-and-grey unit is roughly the height and size of an end table, and provides two USB ports for charging smartphones and other mobile devices. Users must provide their own USB cords, and charging will take the same time as a typical electrical outlet.

Developed by Soofa, the weather-resistant unit will collect solar power during the day and store it in batteries for charging at any time. The batteries can provide up to 10 continuous hours of charging and can hold a charge after a week of clouds and rain.
The unit will provide residents with a simple way to experience solar technology, and is one of a growing number of public solar-powered charging stations being installed across North America, including in Vancouver and Edmonton.

The project will also provide a desired public service, and is expected to encourage people to visit and spend time in Spirit Square by providing a convenient spot to top up mobile device batteries. Spirit Square was chosen for the pilot because of its central location.

Visitors to Spirit Square can also take advantage of the free WiFi service available in the park – City GLEN PINE Freenet.

The City will monitor the charging station’s use over time, and if it is well received, will consider installing more stations in other public spaces.
 
About Coquitlam’s Participation in the Smart Cities Challenge

Coquitlam is preparing a submission for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, a nation-wide competition with prizes of up to $50 million that will support Canadian cities in using technology and data to improve livability and opportunities. Coquitlam is seeking innovative ideas from the community in the lead-up to the contest’s first phase in fall 2017. To learn more or to participate in the discussion, go to www.coquitlam.ca/smart before Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

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Photos of Solar-powered charging station are available for download at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpidLVy

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Danny Bandiera
Manager of Information Communications & Technology
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3601
dbandiera@coquitlam.ca

 

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