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UB NOW: International Competition for Solar Project

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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2010

The University at Buffalo and the New York Power Authority announced that internationally renowned artist and landscape architect Walter Hood of Oakland, Calif., is the winner of a public art competition to design the 1.1 megawatt solar array that will be constructed by NYPA this year on UB's North Campus.

Hood, founding principal of Hood Design and professor and former chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California-Berkeley, calls his concept "The Solar Strand," which refers to a linear landscape formation and to the way pairs of molecules entwine to form a DNA strand.

When complete, the UB solar installation's 5,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate solar energy for 735 student apartments at UB, reducing the university's carbon emissions by more than 500 metric tons per year. The project will serve as a cornerstone of NYPA's $21 million statewide renewable energy program.

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