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Solar lights on Medical Campus will remain on the grid

It seems the reason why wind- and solar-powered lights in a Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus parking lot stopped working will remain a mystery.

The lights were expected to be entirely powered by wind and sun as part of a pilot project tried by the campus organization in a parking lot at 589 Ellicott St., but they stopped working after they were installed. They've since been connected to the power grid and will remain that way.

The lights, which have wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, as well as lithium ion battery storage, were a "test project" that unfortunately did not perform as well as had been hoped, said Susan Kirkpatrick, a spokeswoman for Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc.

As recently as mid-April, BNMC said that student engineers from the University at Buffalo were going to study the problem to try to troubleshoot it.

Kirkpatrick said the review by UB was done a while ago, but the pilot project was not able to be rectified.

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