September 22, 2014

Cornell Flips the Switch at Snyder Road Solar Farm

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Cornell’s Snyder Road Solar Farm — the University’s first large-scale solar energy project — went live Friday, a move officials say is “key” in making Cornell a leader in sustainable energy.

The Snyder Road Solar Farm, located near the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, consists of a two-megawatt array of solar panels sprawled across 11 acres of Cornell property in the town of Lansing, according to Prof. Tobias Hanrath, chemical and biomolecular engineering, who is also a faculty fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Cornell’s new solar farm will reduce carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, according to Sarah Zemanick of the Campus Sustainability Office. (Ryan Landvater / Sun Senior Photographer)