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Solar Strand hits milestone: 1 million kilowatt hours

Solar Strand

The Solar Strand has produced enough power for more than 136 households. Photo: Douglas Levere

By CORY NEALON

Published May 30, 2013

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 households.

“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 solar array.

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.

READER COMMENT

Great! Makes me feel proud of my studentship at UB (1978-81). It would have been helpful if the article included capital cost and running cost (mainly maintenance). Hope to hear more such pioneering news from UB.

Satish Narayan Shintre