UB’s “GRoW House” to shine light on solar energy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The University at Buffalo is planning a $1 million solar house that will hopefully shine in a Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The university’s “GRoW House” project involves about 40 students who will use natural sunlight and a lot of insulation for the model project.

The 1,400 square foot solar model house will be situated in a Buffalo neighborhood. It will be moved to Irvine, California for the competition and then cross the country once again as it returns to Western New York.

The solar house will be divided into three main areas, including a a greenhouse with solar panels on the roof, a highly insulated area that will include a bedroom and office space, and a work area with a kitchen.

Eventually the home is expected to be open for tours to help educate students and the public on sustainable energy practices.

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