The Solar Strand is just part of UB’s commitment to the environment under its 2020 strategic plan and Building UB: The Comprehensive Physical Plan. The plans fosters the development of facilities to support research and to improve the student experience in all areas, from dining halls and dorms to classrooms and labs.
The project was designed by UC Berkeley professor and landscape architect Walter Hood. Hood has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, urban design, community planning and environmental art and research. He is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design award for landscape design. In August, walkways that weave between the solar panels will open, providing the public a chance to enjoy the site.
And for those outside of Buffalo, you can also experience the Strand, in a way: The university has set up an online solar dashboard that displays the installation’s power generating data. When we checked it yesterday afternoon, under scattered clouds the system was cranking at 549 kilowatts, and had produced nearly 46,000 kilowatt-hours since it was switched on two weeks ago.