Alabama Company to Install Solar Powered Charging Stations in Public Areas
A local Alabama solar power company is planning on building public charging stations powered by solar energy over the next several years.
The Birmingham Business Journal reports that Sun Charge Systems, in Blount County, will build these stations in public areas where conventional electrical outlets are scarce or nonexistent.
The company, an offshoot of Hornsby Steel, is currently building a charging station in Palisades Park. The $1 million investment is set to create 15 new jobs as it builds several charging stations throughout the county and beyond.
Using solar panels, Sun Charge Systems will convert sunlight into electricity to be used by USB and 12-volt car chargers (among other outlet types). These power stations will be built in areas traditionally void of electrical outlets, especially for devices like cell phones, tablets, and laptops.
David Hornsby, the founder of Sun Charge Systems and president of Hornsby Steel, founded the company in order to both provide electrical power in previously difficult areas and provide additional employment for his employees at Hornsby Steel. He is quite proud of keeping both companies in Alabama.
“We want to establish this as an Alabama product, as a technology designed, developed and manufactured right here in Blount County, Alabama,” Hornsby said. He hopes to build these solar powered charging stations in city parks, campgrounds, beaches, and other public areas.
Hornsby’s venture has drawn praise from local community leaders, citing its economic and environmental benefits to the community.
“David Hornsby has long been one of Blount County’s leading innovators and Hornsby Steel continues to be one of the county’s strongest companies,” said Aimee Wilson, the executive director of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
“With the expansion of Hornsby and the addition of its subsidiary, Sun Charge Systems, the company is poised to become one of the county’s top 10 employers,” she added.
Hornsby’s venture reflects a gradual but promising trend of opening solar power companies in the United States. Currently, there are only about 91 businesses in the country that provide solar power, but that number is growing. The average lasting time for a solar panel is 30 years.