UB SUNY Unveils Its First Solar Electric System

Buffalo, New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Starting this month, the electricity in the University at Buffalo’s (UB) Norton Hall will be generated by 6,300 square feet of photovoltaic (PV) panels that have been installed on the roof of Norton Hall; the system’s peak output will be 73.5 kilowatts (kW) with annual energy production expected to reach 73,100 kilowatt hours. The rooftop system is funded in part by a $367,500 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The university’s emphasis on educating students, faculty and the community about solar energy and other energy alternatives was a key reason that UB received the NYSERDA grant. Remaining costs were financed through savings created by a major energy-conservation project, now being implemented for UB by Chevron Energy Solutions.

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