Barely a year old, UB’s Solar Strand has produced 1
million kilowatt hours of electricity.
The one-of-a-kind energy landscape, which is open for the public
to visit, reached the milestone on May 21.
According to 2011 data from the U.S. Energy Information
Administration, the average household in New York consumes 7,332
kilowatt hours of power per year. Based on that calculation, the
Solar Strand has produced enough power for more than 136
“Hitting the 1 million kilowatt hour mark ahead of our
predictions is a great milestone for the Solar Strand and adds
another piece of the puzzle in the UB’s effort to become
climate neutral by 2030,” says Ryan McPherson, UB’s
chief sustainability officer.
Located on the North Campus near the Flint Road entrance, the
Solar Strand contains 3,200 photovoltaic panels laid out in pattern
of a DNA fingerprint. Designed by world-renown landscape artist
Walter Hood, it is the nation’s most publicly accessible
UB flipped the switch on the Solar Strand on April 23,
2012. Nearly a year later, on April 22, UB officially opened the
energy park to the public.