April 05, 2011
By: by Larry Rulison, Business writer, Times Union
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded a $57.5 million federal grant to start a solar manufacturing consortium in partnership with Sematech and the University of Central Florida.
The NanoCollege had asked for $100 million out of $125 million available for solar manufacturing efforts through the U.S. Department of Energy.
Schumer had been in Albany on Monday pressuring the Obama administration to award the $100 million to the NanoCollege.
Another finalist for the money is a consortium led by the University of Toledo and Dow Corning.