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May 13, 2015

Power substation goes online

view of batteries and circuit breakers inside a power plant
Batteries,(left) and circuit breakers fill the first floor of the new substation. The facility is operated remotely, with electricians monitoring voltage and amps offsite.

conduit in a power plantRG&E cables enter through the wall at right and are distributed to campus through cables on left wall.

Phase 1 of the University’s new electrical substation on Kendrick Road was completed this spring. In partnership with
Rochester Gas & Electric, the $40 million state-of-the-art facility was built to provide power to the Medical Center, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the River Campus, and other campus buildings in the area. It was constructed with an eye to the future—the substation will handle the University’s anticipated power needs for the next 50 years.

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