UB solar strand opens
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • April 24, 2012 @ 9:33am
With Earth Day taking place this past Sunday, there couldn’t have been a more perfect time to announce the opening of the UB solar strand.
This project was the combined efforts of University at Buffalo officials and UB solar strand artist, Walter Hood. Hood, a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning and urban design at UC Berkeley was honored to design such a project for the campus and Western New York community.
It’s fantastic to see all the different patterns and shadows and animals and vegetation. So everything we’ve been talking about for two years, is present.
This kind of solar project is just the beginning when it comes to energy conservation in the Buffalo area. Paul Belnick of the New York Power Authority explained just what the UB solar strand will accomplish.
The solar strand, which consists of 3,200 panels generates 750 kilowatts, enough power to meet the electricity needs of hundreds of student apartments right on campus, help protect the environment by avoiding the emission of nearly 400 tons of harmful greenhouse gases and save the university students approximately $60,000 per year in energy costs.
Take a look at the progress in the video below.
Photo courtesy of Youtube.