MEDIA ADVISORY AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: UB’s 3,200-Panel ‘Solar Strand’ to be Dedicated at Opening Ceremony; Will provide enough electricity to power hundreds of student apartments on campus

April 19, 2012


BUFFALO, N.Y. – In celebration of Earth Day and to promote clean, renewable energy development, the University at Buffalo (UB) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) will dedicate the UB Solar Strand, the 3,200-panel photovoltaic array at an opening ceremony on Monday, April 23.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. at the UB Solar Strand on Flint Road on UB’s North Campus, just north of Maple Road and across from the Center for Tomorrow.

The NYPA-funded Solar Strand project merges sustainability with art, serving as a striking new gateway to the university’s North Campus. The installation will serve as a demonstration project to advance the development of solar technologies and as a natural classroom for UB students and local schoolchildren.

The event will feature a ceremonial, “throwing of the switch,” to power up the Solar Strand and begin providing up to 750 kilowatts of electricity -- enough to power hundreds of student apartments on campus.

EVENT:         University at Buffalo Solar Strand event

DATE:           Monday, April 23

TIME:            11 a.m.

LOCATION: State University of New York
University at Buffalo
Service Center Road and Flint Road (near the intersection of Maple Road)
North Campus
Across from the Center for Tomorrow


CONTACT:  Christine Pritchard (NYPA)

                       Charlotte Hsu (UB)


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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