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2:04 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New Solar Energy Initiative in Rochester

A new solar energy manufacturing and technology development center is coming to Rochester, and will call a vacant Eastman Kodak building in Greece its home.

A company from Silicon Valley is moving some of its assets here to help create the first-of-its kind Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Faciility at Canal Ponds Park in Greece.

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy was in Rochester to make the announcement.

The initiative is part of SUNY's  College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, or CNSE.
CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros says in addition to the obvious economic impact, this is as attractive as it gets for establishing Rochester as a hub for green and solar energy.

Duffy says it's a great day for Rochester, with a 100-million dollar initiative that will create at least 100 jobs and attract around 65-million dollars in private investment.

The facility for crystalline silicon photovoltaics is expected to open in late fall.

Watch officials discuss the job impact of the initiative: