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Reliant Powers The University of Texas at Arlington with Donation of NRG Street Charge® Stations

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

News Topics: faculty, staff, students, sustainability

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Students, faculty and staff can charge devices for free at new solar-powered charging stations.

The University of Texas at Arlington has joined forces with Reliant, an NRG Company, to provide students and faculty with the latest in mobile charging technology – two NRG Street Charge® solar charging stations. The 12.5-foot towers, donated by Reliant, are located near the UTA Library mall and near the campus bus stop outside the College of Business, respectively.

The stations are equipped with solar panels and a collection of mobile device charging cables so users can plug in for a free charge during study breaks and between lectures. The donation supports UTA’s commitment to provide the latest resources to support students and faculty and aligns with Reliant’s mission to power people’s lives on the go.

“UTA takes pride in being at the forefront of innovation, along with providing convenient and sustainable solutions on campus,” said John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “With the Reliant-donated Street Charge stations, our students and faculty will benefit from abundant solar energy in an environment that encourages adoption of cutting-edge technology.”

UTA is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System with more than 52,000 students, making it a hub for scholars in North Texas. The NRG Street Charge stations donated by Reliant is aligned with the University’s commitment to shaping sustainable urban communities through its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact.

As so many facets of college life continue to move toward the digital world, students and staff have a growing need for access to their mobile devices, without having to worry about whether they have enough power to get through the day.

“Reliant is committed to powering Texans at home, work and on the go, and the NRG Street Charge stations give students and faculty an easy and free way to recharge their mobile devices on campus,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail and Reliant. “We are thrilled to donate these Street Charge stations to The University of Texas at Arlington and further the reach of smart, sustainable energy resources.”

The award-winning charging stations use three solar panels to turn the sun’s energy into free power for up to six devices, including iPhones and Android-model phones, simultaneously – powering them up as fast as a traditional wall outlet would. The outdoor stations won’t let dark skies or a few clouds damper the charge either, as an internal battery stores energy during the day to continue keeping devices energized at night and when the sun is not shining.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, commended UTA and Reliant for teaming on an effort that he called vital to Texas.

“This is a shining example of harnessing our natural resources to improve lives,” Anchia said. “As students, faculty and visitors to the UTA campus grow in their technological needs, it is incumbent upon us all to find smarter ways of serving them. UTA and Reliant have done just that and I applaud both institutions for leading with such environmentally and economically sustainable strategies.”

You can learn more about NRG Street Charge® stations by visiting www.nrgstreetcharge.com and about The University of Texas at Arlington by visiting www.uta.edu.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 52,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.  

About Reliant, an NRG Company

Reliant brings electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 200 company and leading integrated competitive power company in the U.S. Backed by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail businesses, including Reliant, serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, NRG’s retail brands are the largest providers of electricity in Texas.

For more information about Reliant products and services, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and on Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007

NRG Street Charge® solar charging stations are provided by NRG Portable Power LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.