University At Buffalo Unveils Solar Strand Project


The University at Buffalo (UB) in Buffalo, N.Y., has inaugurated UB Solar Strand, a 750 kW PV project, on the university's campus. The installation is expected to meet the electricity needs of hundreds of student apartments.

The 3,200-panel array, designed by landscape artist Walter Hood, stands at the main entrance to UB's North Campus. Its linear formation is designed to resemble the pattern of a DNA fingerprint, particularly when observed from a bird's-eye view, UB says.

The project was funded by $7 million from the New York Power Authority. DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing, which ultimately won the project award, partnered with several local companies, including Solar Liberty of Williamsville, Community Steel Corporation of Buffalo, Ed Strickland Welding and Fabricating of Clarence, and Hausrath's Landscaping Maintenance Inc. of Buffalo.

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