‘Solar Express’ lets St. Louis charge mobile phones with solar power

Many in St. Louis are encountering a truck sporting solar panels on the top and front of its raised roof. The “Solar Express” is making the rounds to dozens of community events, helping provide renewable power, along with a little education on solar power.

The Solar Express provides a green power source that can be used to help power events. The vehicle carries along a mobile phone charging station that can plug in to the vehicle’s power source and provide a place for event participants to charge up their phones. The charging station is made up of numerous small lockers where you can leave your phone plugged in securely.


“The phone charging has been a big hit at outdoor events where people don’t have a lot of options for charging up their phones,” said Marisa Lather, marketing director for Microgrid.

The vehicle uses the solar panels on its roof to gather energy from the sun, and convert it into electricity, which is stored in a battery bank on board the truck. The stored electricity can be made available for use in powering events or other situations that would normally require a gas-powered generator. Since the solar energy is stored in batteries, the power can even be used after the sun goes down.

Microgrid Solar is a solar installer based in St. Louis, offering turnkey solar services for commercial and residential clients.

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