Solar-powered charging station set up at Big E

Station is located outside Massachusetts building

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Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton talks about the new solar charging station, which is already getting some use at the Big E.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If your phone’s battery is starting to die while you’re visiting the Big E- you will want to head over to the Avenue of States!

The state has set up a new charging station, just outside the Massachusetts building at the fair. The solar-powered station offers a chance to recharge your electronic devices.

“It’s a pretty cool device. Not only does it look cool, but it serves an important function. Everybody has had an experience where they’re being at a park or a place like the Big E. Their phone’s dying and they want to take a picture, they want to take a call,” Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton said.

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It came in handy Thursday for Karen Light, who was visiting the fair from Boston, and forgot her charger at home. She simply stuck her cell phone in the machine, and it recharged her device.

“I was a little stressed about it and then this morning someone said there’s a charging station at the Big E. So I put it in and locked it in, I need my card for purchases, It’s completely secure, a little charging light and its working fine,” Light said.

There are already 12 such solar charging stations set up at various locations in the eastern part of the state, and this station at the Big E is the first in western Massachusetts.

These stations do not come cheap. Beaton said this charger, manufactured in Massachusetts, retails for nearly $6,500.

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