Solar power

Seneca Nation of Indians

Clean renewable energy is now flowing on the Seneca Nation's Allegany Territory.

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Wheatfield is the latest community to introduce a bill that would impose new regulations on solar energy.

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Buffalo will play a key role in the development of the newest generation of solar panels.

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The city of Buffalo Planning  Board has given its approval for a warehouse that will supply materials to SolarCity.


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Students and faculty at the University of Buffalo are celebrating a second-place finish in a national home building competition focused on super efficiency and solar power.

More New Yorkers are going solar

Jul 7, 2015
Solar Liberty

Solar energy use is heating up in New York State, according to a state report released this week.

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Apr 22, 2015
New York State Senate

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

New solar panels helping to power Amherst gas mart

Sep 4, 2014
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Crosby’s convenience store unveiled 110 new solar panels at its location in Amherst Thursday. Canopy panels were installed above the gas stations fueling pumps, as well as on top of the store's roof.

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A recent study outlines a scenario that would see New York State’s energy infrastructure based on all-renewable sources by year 2030.

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Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York’s future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

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New solar panels at the University at Buffalo double as an art installation. 

The $7.5 million project, funded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and SUNY, will power student apartments while sprucing up the landscape.

When viewed from the sky, the strand of solar panels resembles DNA - a tip of the hat to UB's strengths in research and science.

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Solar power is a slowly growing piece of the energy picture in New York while offering jobs possibilities for all of the electrical bits and pieces other than the actual solar panels.

There is solar power used in the Empire State and the State Power Authority generates around two-and-a-half-megawatts itself although it really isn't in the solar business.  Instead, it's working with NYSERDA, the state's energy research authority, to find ways to use solar to reduce conventional energy generation demand and to develop companies which supply the solar industry.