Another ‘GigaFactory’ – This Time in Buffalo, NY
SolarCity will build a 1.2 million square foot GigaFactory, which will manufacture solar panels, in Buffalo, NY. The SolarCity facility will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1 gigawatt of annual solar capacity when it reaches full production.
The SolarCity GigaFactory will be located at the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, a new START-UP NY site owned by the State University of New York’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Earlier this year, SolarCity purchased Silevo, one of the designated anchor RiverBend tenants, and assumed an agreement with the State to increase more than fivefold the manufacturing capability of the clean energy facility, which manufactures high-efficiency silicon solar cells and modules.
SolarCity will spend $5 billion over the next decade in connection with the creation and operation of the facility in New York, and New York State will invest a total of $750 million through the Buffalo Billion and other state resources to establish infrastructure, construct the 1.2 million square foot facility and purchase required equipment. The factory will be online and in high volume manufacturing as early as the first quarter of 2016.
The project development is led by LP Ciminelli as Construction Management along with EYP, Project Architect; CHA, Civil Engineer; and M+W Group, Mechanical Engineer.
This announcement follows on the heels of Tesla’s announcement of a gigafactory in Nevada. Elon Musk is the chairman of SolarCity and the CEO of Tesla.
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