1/23/2015 2:26:51 PM

The Buffalo News: Solar energy: building a new industry in WNY from the ground up

The Buffalo News

"...This is part of establishing the governor’s Buffalo Billion initiative and establishing Buffalo as a hub for renewable energy,” said Alain Kaloyeros, the chief executive officer of the SUNY Polytechic Institute and a key player in the governor’s efforts to make Buffalo a global center for clean energy..."

One of the world’s biggest solar panel factories is arising from the rubble of a long-abandoned steel plant in South Buffalo.

The potential exists for a second solar panel plant in Buffalo, the product of a budding relationship between the state and a prominent Japanese solar module manufacturer.

With SolarCity pledging to create 2,900 new jobs from its new factory now under construction in the RiverBend complex on South Park Avenue and its suppliers, and with Japanese-manufacturer Solar Frontier studying the feasibility of opening a plant here, state officials are optimistic the region is moving toward becoming a center for solar energy manufacturing.

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