CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Austin Peay State University has installed five solar picnic tables on campus as part of its bid to offer more sustainable energy sources.
The tables are located in the Morgan University Center plaza. According to The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1i7koKi ), the tables use solar panels attached to an umbrella canopy to generate 235 watts of electricity. Students, faculty, staff or visitors can charge their devices, such as phones or laptops, by plugging them into the picnic tables.
The new tables, which were constructed from poly-recycled plastic materials, were purchased with money collected through the university's sustainable campus fee. The fee was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.