Solar-powered streetlamp charge spots have come to the northern Israeli coastal city of Herzliya in a pilot project that could soon be charging cellphone batteries all over the country, The Jerusalem Post reports.
Landscaping company Pashut Yarok (Simply Green) has erected seven solar-powered streetlamp charge spots at one of the city’s main junctions, each one fitted with a USB socket and an automotive spark plug. The energy accumulated in the pillar through its solar panels during the day enables it to provide street lighting at night and device-charging at all hours, the company said.
The Herzliya charge spot is at Sira junction, where Road 2, Sderot Abba Eban and Road 541 meet.
Installation of the 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 streetlighting nor a connection to electricity infrastructure.