Solar powered gas station unveiled

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo has basked in generous sunshine this summer – 70 percent in July and 73 percent in August. That sunshine will play a big role in producing clean sustainable energy at, of all things, a gas station.

The first canopy- and roof-mounted solar panels installed at a gas station in Western New York were unveiled at the Crosby store located on Wehrle Drive in Amherst Thursday morning. The panels are expected to replace the equivalent of 22,000 pounds of coal burned for traditional energy usage.

According to New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter, “As we transition away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy, this is a benchmark for what businesses throughout New York State and residents should continue to strive for in order to reduce our footprint, as our carbon footprint, and to expand on renewable energy sources.”

The project was partial funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The energy generated by the solar grid will offset from 10 to 15 per cent of the gas station’s energy usage, which comes out to about 60 days of free energy.

Any excess will be fed back into the power grid.

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