London, the UK, famous red telephone boxes are going to be green in color very soon. The government is turning iconic red telephone boxes into the green one as they are being equipped solar powered mobile chargers that are going to offer a free carbon-emission neutral energy. It was invented by two students from the London School of Engineering, LSE.

The green telephone has been named as “Solarbox” and is very effective in charging the mobile devices, tablets, cameras, laptops and another wide range of the devices.

The first pilot “solarbox” has been established for public use in Tottenham Court Road in London’s main central shopping district. The box was installed on this Wednesday for people to experience free solar powered carbon-neutral energy.

However, the next install is going to happen in the month of January next year, and then more will follow afterwards. None of the organizers, however, gave an estimate about how many useless red boxes are to transform into the useful green one.

The brains behind the solarbox, Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, won 5,000 pounds ($8,000) funding for the project from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in his 2014 Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition this summer.

“I lived next to a phone box in my second year at [university] and walked past it every day,” Craston told the news site. “I thought, ‘There are 8,000 of these lying unused in London and we must be able to find a use for them.'”

“In our modern world, where hardly any Londoner is complete without a raft of personal gizmos in hand, it’s about time our iconic boxes were update for the 21st Century, to be useful, more sustainable,” Johnson said in a statement.

He also included that he ran out of the battery during the launch, and had to use them for charging his phone.

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