Clean Energy


The initaitve draws inspiration from UB's Solar Strand, pictured here, by focusing on solar installations as publicly accessible community amenities. 


For three decades, UB’s energy conservation initiatives have saved millions of dollars each year. Our success is a result of outstanding operational management and responsible energy use by members of the UB community.

UB is committed to green power alternatives, as evidenced by our two on campus solar installations, our 4.5 megawatt off campus installation Steel Winds project in Buffalo, our current Localizing Buffalo's Renewable Energy Future initiative and the purchasing of 100% of electricity consumption through renewable energy credits. 

Leveraging Our Past, Investing in the Present and Building Tomorrow

A University at Buffalo-backed plan to create 100 megawatts of new, locally produced solar energy within the next four years is among the winners of Governor Cuomo's Energy to Lead Competition, a clean energy competition for New York colleges and universities. The "Energy to Lead Competition" is part of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The Energy to Lead program is administered through NYSERDA as part of the REV Campus Challenge which supports colleges and universities in New York State to implement clean energy projects and principles. 

The Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future initiative’s objective is to create 100 megawatts of new solar energy by 2020 that is manufactured in Buffalo, connected by Western New York workers, installed in our city’s urban core and University campuses, and utilized by key regional anchoring institutions including the University at Buffalo  Buffalo State College, Erie Community College, the City of Buffalo Erie County and others.

The project is expected to avoid 82,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off the road. 

The Localizing initiative goals are to: 

  • Leverage renewable energy power agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs
  • Demonstrate how a college or university can partner with its community to transform the local energy ecosystem
  • Provide students with valuable experiential learning, research and workforce training opportunities 

Solar Sites on Campus