July 17, 2013

Solar Research Center Coming To Former Kodak Building in Greece

By: YNN Staff

Source: YNN

Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy says a multi-million dollar company from California's Silicon Valley is moving to Rochester and into a former Eastman Kodak building in Greece.

The move is part of a new $100 million solar energy research and manufacturing center for SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

What was Kodak's former inkjet facility on Canal Landing Boulevard in Greece will become a solar manufacturing and technology development facility. It's expected to create more than 100 jobs.

The state feels the move will position New York State to be a leader in solar energy to help get the price per watt down.

"The story is we are bringing in a company from Silicon Valley with full support of the U.S. Department of Energy and this is going to be a tremendous base with at least 100 jobs to start with, including scientists and engineers down to manufacturing experts to trade workers like electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters," said Duffy, D.

"In addition to the obvious economic impact, short-term and long-term, this is as high profile and as attractive as it gets in terms of establishing the Rochester area as a hub for green and solar energy," said Alain Kaoyeros, CNSE senior VP & CEO.

The state Energy and Research Development Authority is providing $4.8 million, the federal Department of Energy is providing $11 million and another $65 million is expected to come from private companies who will partner with the center.

The CNSE Center is expected to open in late fall.