Solar Charging Benches in Downtown Westfield

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NJ# 9483506

Westfield takes "going green" to a whole new level. Let's say you decide to go shopping in the downtown area. You plan on meeting up with your bestie at the Rock 'n Joe for a cup of coffee. But you can't remember what time you agreed on. You pull out your phone and realize that your battery may die in the next few minutes. What do you do? Well, if you find yourself near one of the newly installed solar charging benches, simply sit down, plug in, and wait.

Westfield NJ took another step into the "green zone" by installing solar charging benches around the downtown area recently, with more to come soon.

Solar Charging Benches Installed in Downtown Westfield

That's right. Downtown Westfield now includes two solar charging benches with two more set for installation soon. Plus, if these benches prove valuable to the public at large, more benches may be installed at a later date.

For now, you may find the initial two benches set up at Elm and North. Each bench includes dual USB ports. The Downtown Westfield Corporation plans on installing two more benches at the South Ave train station soon. A state grant paid for the $11,600 cost of these initial four benches from Sun Charge Systems. It's just one way that the City hopes to bring a clean alternative to traditional electric charging and add convenience to local citizens and visitors alike.

Scotch Plains Freecycle 2023 Event

Another way to reduce our carbon footprint (as well as trash thrown into local landfills) is by participating in the Scotch Plains Freecycle Event. If you find yourself with extra children's toys, old books, small kitchen appliances, puzzles, games, or other gently used items, register for the freecycle event. Schedule a time to drop these items off at Brookside Park early in the morning on Saturday, September 9th. Then, come back later in the morning to search through other people's donations. Everything will be available to take absolutely free of charge, too.

Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Westfield, NJ Luxury Homes

Originally posted on my Westfield area real estate blog here:

Comments (7)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- I'd not heard of solar charging benches but with all of us being connected to our devices, I can see why these are needed.  

Sep 04, 2023 07:50 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

What a great idea.

Sep 04, 2023 07:50 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. It's a start and a welcome one. Now if we build enough charging stations for cars there will be less roadside emergencies, ha, ha. Enjoy your day.

Sep 05, 2023 04:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Scott,

Now that is cool! I've not heard of solar charging benches but what a great idea!

Sep 05, 2023 04:47 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 05, 2023 05:54 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a great way to help people stay charged and also a place to sit at the same time.

Sep 05, 2023 06:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Scott, this is a great idea, and use of solar to charge is the best way!

Sep 05, 2023 12:19 PM