What Earth Month Means To Us

Category: Solar Charging

Do solar table charging stations work in the northern states or in winter?

YES, if you’ve got the right system. Even though there may be fewer hours of the sun available during winter months, especially in the north, the sun’s energy is still being captured through our solar table charging station’s two (2) powerful 265watt solar pv modules. In Pennsylvania for example, our manufacturing headquarters, we’ve tested our ConnecTable solar table charging station in winter. We kept the PV modules free from snow, oriented the solar panels due south and found that they were still working as well as they would be in any southern state. Even during cloudy winter weather, the energy captured and stored in the battery was enough for regular use. Ensuring that our tables functioned well in northern areas or colder climate conditions was a key requirement in our design. High quality solar pv modules like the ones we use are produced in an ISO9001 certified facility and also go through rigorous quality inspections to meet rigid standards and use, even during winter months. Even our batteries are field tested for capacity during cold winter months.

However, if you live in a climate with less than thirty days of sun in the winter or live in more northern tier states, we would recommend a 1kW (1060 watts) sized solar table charging station. This system contains four (4) 265watt solar PV panels, two (2) charge controllers and two (2) batteries for the additional solar energy capture and storage that may be needed during those cloudier, winter months if the table is expected to be in use. To determine if your location might pose issues with respect to available sunlight, you can look at solar maps from the national renewable energy labs, http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html. Specific northern states show much less solar resource than those in the southern portion of the U.S.. Therefore, this is an important consideration for your table choice.

Ultimately the quality and power of the PV modules, the battery storage system and ensuring the solar panels have a southern orientation are key things to consider when choosing and placing the right solar table charging station for your climate and location. Keeping the solar PV modules free from snow during winter months is also important to maintaining the usability of the table.

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What Earth Month means to Us

In recent years a lot of attention has been drawn to Earth Day (April 22) as climate change and renewable energy resources have taken center stage in the news. What many are unaware of however, is that April is actually Earth Month. It’s a great time to “Go Green” and discuss all of the various opportunities to support the environment, but it’s an even better time to take real action. As a sustainability company, every month is Earth Month in our minds. This April, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect—what exactly does Earth Month mean to us?

To us, Earth Month is the time to celebrate who we are and how far we have come as a company. The ConnecTable was created when our Founder, Jim Innes, saw the need for an off-grid charging solution that would be environmentally friendly. After an onslaught of hurricanes ravaged the Northeast region of the U.S., millions were left without power. Many people were sitting in running cars for hours to charge and use their phones to contact their loved ones. Jim was convinced that there had to be a better way—off-grid charging was his solution.

Having both a vested interest in sustainability initiatives and extensive experience with solar panels, Jim decided that two solar charging products would be created: one for personal charging use, and one for larger-scale, public charging. The first product was our Grid2Go portable, solar-powered, mobile charger. This would allow anyone to charge up to two phones at once, using the power of the sun. The second was our flagship product line: the ConnecTable solar table charging stations. Featuring an unmatched solar array, and available outlets to charge up to 12 phones at once, the tables were designed with reliability, durability, and aesthetic appeal in mind. With the ConnecTable, public spaces can now be transformed into safe, dependable charging zones.

The ConnecTable was created with a vision: “To achieve global connectivity through the implementation of off-grid, solar technology that fosters a beautiful, sustainable world.” What was important to us then, and remains even more so now, is creating a more sustainable future for the Earth, and we believe in our company’s ability to do that.

Nothing is more satisfying than seeing our vision come to life at campuses and properties across the country. Thank you to our clients for helping us realize our vision, and during this special month we urge each one of you to think about what you can do to make the world a greener place.

YES, if you’ve got the right system. Even though there may be fewer hours of the sun available during winter months, especially in the north, the sun’s energy is still being captured through our solar table charging station’s two (2) powerful 265watt solar pv modules. In Pennsylvania for example, our manufacturing headquarters, we’ve tested our ConnecTable solar table charging station in winter. We kept the PV modules free from snow, oriented the solar panels due south and found that they were still working as well as they would be in any southern state. Even during cloudy winter weather, the energy captured and stored in the battery was enough for regular use. Ensuring that our tables functioned well in northern areas or colder climate conditions was a key requirement in our design. High quality solar pv modules like the ones we use are produced in an ISO9001 certified facility and also go through rigorous quality inspections to meet rigid standards and use, even during winter months. Even our batteries are field tested for capacity during cold winter months.

However, if you live in a climate with less than thirty days of sun in the winter or live in more northern tier states, we would recommend a 1kW (1060 watts) sized solar table charging station. This system contains four (4) 265watt solar PV panels, two (2) charge controllers and two (2) batteries for the additional solar energy capture and storage that may be needed during those cloudier, winter months if the table is expected to be in use. To determine if your location might pose issues with respect to available sunlight, you can look at solar maps from the national renewable energy labs, http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html. Specific northern states show much less solar resource than those in the southern portion of the U.S.. Therefore, this is an important consideration for your table choice.

Ultimately the quality and power of the PV modules, the battery storage system and ensuring the solar panels have a southern orientation are key things to consider when choosing and placing the right solar table charging station for your climate and location. Keeping the solar PV modules free from snow during winter months is also important to maintaining the usability of the table.

Contact us for more information.

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