The newly independent
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering plans to establish a solar power manufacturing and technology development hub in the Town of Greece.
The new Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility will be located in a 57,000-square-foot former Kodak building at 115 Canal Landing Boulevard. The building contains a clean room, which will be expanded to 20,000 square feet. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and officials from the college announced the new facility during a press conference this morning.
"It's a great adaptive reuse of this former Kodak building," Duffy said.
They also announced that the CNSE has, as part of the project, acquired the assets of a Silicon Valley solar company and will move the equipment, and a few engineers, to the Rochester area. The project, which entails renovations to the Canal Landing Boulevard building, represents a $105 million investment, said CNSE senior vice president and CEO Alain Kaloyeros.
Of that investment, $11 million is coming from the federal Department of Energ,y and $65 million is expected from private industry. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is also providing $4.8 million in funding to CNSE.
Kaloyeros said that Rochester is a high-tech hub with a history of innovation and inventions, from film photography to the first gold tooth. And the region has an abundance of workers trained for the kind of advanced manufacturing and development work that'll happen at the facility, he said. The facility should create 100 high-tech jobs.
During the press conference, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and RIT President Bill Destler said that the center will draw on educational and research programs at their schools.