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Buffalo, spaceport of the future?

One of my favorite graphic design images produced by my friend Michael Morgulis was the popular (to some) “Buffalo – Spaceport of the Future”. The image of the top of City Hall opening, and alien spaceships departing in flight always cracked me up (see the image here). The scary part is that I don’t think anyone would ever blink an eye if something like that ever did happen.

Last week I was passing by the Medical Campus and was surprised to find a series of new energy and earth saving advancements in place. The parking lots on Ellicott Street had been upgraded in an environmentally sensitive way. There was a giant bio retention rain garden and bike storage units (already covered on BRO), along with a swarm of solar and wind units installed on new parking lamp standards. The energy-generating units overhead looked like something right out of a science fiction movie, and I immediately thought back to the old “Buffalo, Spaceport of the future” slogan. This time, however, instead of making light of the city, these types advancements are shining a positive light on a newfound commitment to sustainable development practices by select local industries.

Impressed with what I was seeing, I reached out to Kari Bonaro at the Medical Campus to ask about the latest green additions to the grounds.

Wind-solar-Buffalo-NY-4Who manufactured the wind/solar devices?’

LumiSolaire out of Brooklyn. CIR Electric installed them. OSC locally manufactured the solar bed.

How many are there?

Currently there are 7 singles & two doubles (two luminaries & solar beds on them). We’re adding 10 more doubles in the next couple weeks.

What sort of power are they generating and where is that power going?

There’s a 1000 watt 6 ft vertical wind turbine (spinning in the middle) and each photovoltaic array is 24 watts. The intelligent LED luminaire is 31 watts. A full charge of the battery lasts for three days and is stored in a collection lithium-ion battery.

Anything else?

We installed these in partnership with National Grid, an addition to our ongoing green initiatives – including the bioretention-facility & the bike storage facility in the parking lot.

Random tidbit – The existing wooden poles are being donated to a local snowmobiling club to use for a bridge-crossing.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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