UB President John B. Simpson and the New York Power Authority
(NYPA) will introduce the winning designer of an innovative solar
installation to be constructed on UB's North Campus at event to be
held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Albright-Knox Art
Gallery's Clifton Hall, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.
UB conducted an invitational design competition to ensure that
the solar installation, which will line its Flint Road entrance,
will create a visually attractive gateway that integrates beauty
with engineering innovation and environmental sustainability. Three
finalists were chosen from among a group of internationally
renowned designers who entered the competition.
Renderings of the design will be on display.
The designs submitted by the three finalists will be shown in an
exhibit, "UB Solar: The Art of Power," which will be open to the
public from noon to 10 p.m. April 23 and noon to 5 p.m. April 24
and 25 in Clifton Hall in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The solar installation will enable UB to generate 1.1 megawatts
of clean energy onsite each year, providing power for 735 student
apartments and reducing the university's carbon emissions by more
than 500 metric tons per year. It is just one part of UB's strong
commitment to climate neutrality. Construction of the solar array
is expected to begin in August.
The solar installation will be more than an energy-producing
facility. Envisioned as a significant land art installation, it
also will be the largest solar array on a college or university
campus in New York State, and one of the largest on a college or
university campus in the U.S.
The winning designer was chosen by a selection panel co-chaired
by Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos and Burchfield
Penney Art Center Director Ted Pietrzak.
Parking for members of the media is available in front of
Media arrangements: John DellaContrada in the UB Office of
Communications at 645-4601 and onsite at 361-3006.