Israeli 'Solar-Power' Tree Is Charging up a Small French Town

eTree in Nevers
A picture taken on May 29, 2017 shows the first 'eTree' provided in Europe by Solar Tree Europ, a French-Israeli start up, during an inauguration ceremony in Nevers, northern France. Inspired by the acacia of the Israeli desert, this futuristic construction with photovoltaic foliage, allows users to recharge cell phones, to surf on Internet, to recharge an electric bike, to distribute fresh water, or to light up at night. Philippe Desmaze//AFP/Getty

An Israeli company is charging up a small French town with a solar-powered eTree that allows residents to power their phones, sit in the shade or enjoy free Wifi.

On Sunday, the Sologic eTree, created by Israeli entrepreneur Michael Lasry and designed by Israeli artist Yoav Ben Dov, was "planted" in the central French town of Nevers for its population of 37,000 to enjoy.

The project, made of solar panels shaped like leaves, is the first to be installed in Europe, with other prototypes operating in 10 Israeli and American cities.

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The company, on a video that promotes the design, says the eTree "is an environmental enterprise that aims to promote awareness to sustainability within the community."

It has a resting point for passers-by and even a water trough for animals. It's unclear how many people can use the charging stations at one time.

eTree in Nevers
People try to connect their smart-phones to the first 'eTree' provided in Europe by Solar Tree Europ, a French-Israeli startup, on May 29, 2017, during an inauguration ceremony in Nevers, northern France. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty

The inspiration for the design came from the acacia tree that can be spotted in the African savanna and veld, Australian bush or the Israeli desert.

Sologic first introduced a prototype of the eTree in 2014 before showing off its first fully-functional model at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris, AFP news agency reported.

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