LACONIA — Bree Henderson of Polished and Proper is seeking to bring the power of the sun to downtown in the form of a solar-powered bench that will charge two mobile devices by capturing rays of sunlight.
Monday, Henderson began soliciting on gofundme.com, hoping to raise $5,000 to finance the purchase and installation of the bench, which she would like to be placed near the millstone fountain at the corner of Pleasant Street and Main Street.
The bench, fashioned of metal and wood to a modern design, is manufactured by Soofa of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an enterprise begun and managed by three women from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of whom Henderson said vacations in the Lakes Region. Field tested in Boston, the benches have withstood the extremes of New England weather as well as the treatment meted out by Bostonians.
"I plan to raise the money, buy the bench and donate it to the city," Henderson said. She would like to have the bench in place by springtime and bearing a plaque reading "Donated by the Citizens of Laconia."
Henderson explained that the battery cell holds eight hours of charging power and, at the same time, the bench collects environmental data that will enable the city to monitor its air quality. The entire device is powered by sunlight and has no operating costs.
The bench itself costs $3,800 plus the cost of delivery and installation as well as a commission for the gofundme website. To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/eudhfu7d.
The solar bench charges two devices with energy from the sun. (Courtesy Photo)
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