The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has partnered with the University at Buffalo (UB) to construct a 1.1 MW solar energy array on UB's North (Amherst) Campus. The solar array, consisting of approximately 5,000 photovoltaic panels, will generate energy for students living in UB's apartment complexes.
NYPA will work with UB to provide site design, as well as engineering and construction services for this project. According to NYPA, the American Solar Energy Society has named the array the largest solar installation on any college or university campus in New York state and one of the largest on any campus in the U.S.
The UB solar array is expected to be operating by fall 2010. It will provide power to UB's Flint, Hadley, South Lake and Creekside Village apartments – a total of 735 apartments. It will be specially designed to operate in a cold weather environment and to withstand heavy snowfall.
SOURCE: New York Power Authority