UB is stepping up on its green efforts and will soon have a solar power source on campus. Renowned artist and landscape artist Walter Hood won a public art competition to develop a 1.1-megawatt solar array for the Flint Road entrance of North Campus.
Hood, the founding principal of Hood Design and professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California-Berkeley developed “The Solar Strand” concept, which the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will begin constructing in August.
The installation will include 5,000 photovoltaic panels that will reduce UB’s carbon emission by 500 metric tons and meet the power requirements for 735 student apartments.
The project was made possible by a $7.5 million grant from NYPA to UB as part of a $21 million statewide renewable energy program.
University President John B. Simpson is looking forward to the solar power implementation, and emphasizes the importance of energy preservation on a college campus.