Chico State Opens Nation’s First Thin-Film Solar Charging Station


Chico State opened the nation’s first thin-film solar charging station Photo credit: George Johnston

Chico State unveiled the nation’s first thin-film solar charging station, Tuesday afternoon. This student-led project took over a year of designing, planning and reviewing in return for academic credit.

A Chico State student showing on of the eight charging outlets Photo credit: George Johnston

The charging station is powered by by a 600-watt solar photovoltaic array of thin-film panels and a 12-volt, 780-amp battery bank, is located by the BMU and the Student Services Center. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Fridays.The charging station also has eight 120-volt outlets and four USB ports.

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