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Mount Hood CC installs solar charging stations on picnic tables | Seattle

PORTLAND — You could call it the picnic table of the future.
Mount Hood Community College has put in three state-of-the-art solar charging stations that are also outdoor tables.
Now students at the college can study, eat, or just lounge outside at one of tables while the table charges their phones, laptops, or iPads using only the power of the sun.
Panels on the table’s umbrella absorb solar energy.
That energy is passed through the post and stored in a battery inside the table’s base.
A digital meter lets students know how much energy they’re actually using.
And the “greenness” doesn’t stop there.
The tables themselves are made completely from recycled milk jugs.
Mount Hood is the first community college in the nation to use the gadgets.


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