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Waynesboro Hiking Shelter Now Equipped With Solar Power

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Solar panel installed on hiking shelter in Waynesboro Solar panel installed on hiking shelter in Waynesboro

Waynesboro is getting greener. The hiker shelter off Arch Street now has solar power.

Many hikers stop at the shelter while walking the Appalachian Trail. Now, the hiking shelter includes a charging station for them.

Waynesboro Parks & Recreation and Sigora Solar handled the project. With the solar panel, hikers can now charge their cellphones, mp3 players and other electronic devices. There's also a battery bank that stores the energy for nighttime use.

"Actually running power from a power line out into the middle of this field would've been really costly for the city. So instead we relied on donations to raise money for this project and it's a more cost-effective way of putting in a little bit of power to keep them connected,” said Jeff Nicholson, sales consultant with Sigora Solar.

They raised $1,200 for the new panel and installation. The support came from the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association and other private donors.

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