WrightGrid Partners With Somerville to Install Solar-Powered Charging Stations Throughout The City
WrightGrid Model Z charging stations are now available and free to use in Ball Square, Davis Square & Union Square.
WrightGrid, the leading provider of solar-powered charging stations for mobile devices, today launched a 60-day pilot program with the City of Somerville and installed three of its Model Z power stations for free public use in Ball Square, Davis Square and Union Square. The power stations are equipped with WrightGrid’s ChargeWright™ Technology, a 150 watt solar panel, several secure lockers and universal charging cables that provide a 2.5A output.
WrightGrid is on a mission to supply a sustainable power source in public outdoor spaces where outlets are not typically available. Beginning today, those visiting Somerville’s busiest neighborhoods can quickly charge their phones for free and, thanks to WrightGrid’s secure cell phone lockers, never have to worry about leaving their devices unattended.
Ryan Wright, CEO & founder of WrightGrid, said: “We developed our ChargeWright™ technology in Somerville’s Greentown Labs and are excited to be launching our first pilot program in the city where we got our start. We are grateful to have such a forward-thinking municipal partner and look forward to testing and proving our technology with the City of Somerville.”
This pilot, which is a part of the City of Somerville’s GreenTech Program, strengthens Somerville’s commitment to sustainability and clean technology. The GreenTech Program offers companies the opportunity to pilot their green products and services, while holding events to bring green technology innovators together with municipal officials and other industries—all in an effort to make Somerville a resilient and carbon neutral city.
“This latest technology piloted through our GreenTech Program demonstrates another way renewable energy sources can be harnessed to provide an everyday service to people,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “We are proud that Somerville is home to innovative thinking like this, and through this program, we are continuing to cultivate an environment where new companies that will be part of the future economy and are helping mitigate our contribution to climate change can take root, grow and thrive.”
“Our first pilot through the GreenTech Program is already providing that company with valuable feedback to improve their product, and we hope that this second pilot will provide WrightGrid the same kind of in-the-field data that can help improve their green technology,” said Oliver Sellers-Garcia, City Director of Sustainability and Environment. “There’s no single way that we’re going to mitigate our community’s contributions to climate change. Somerville GreenTech helps innovative technologies become a reality, and hopefully supports new technologies that could cumulatively make a big difference to climate change, at the local and global scales.”
Founded in 2013, WrightGrid designs, engineers and manufactures industrial strength, solar-powered, secure charging stations for mobile devices. The Model Z power stations are equipped with the company’s proprietary ChargeWright™ Technology, remote system management and branding and advertising capabilities. WrightGrid is headquartered in Somerville, MA where it designs and manufactures its Model Z charging stations. For more informatoin, visit wrightgrid.com.
About Somerville’s GreenTech Program
To meet the City of Somerville’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the City recognizes that municipalities and industry must work together on the development and adoption of green technology. The Somerville GreenTech Program seeks to facilitate this collaboration by offering companies the opportunity to pilot their green products and services in Somerville, while holding events to bring green technology innovators together with municipal officials and other industries—all in an effort to make Somerville a resilient and carbon neutral city.