Technology Hub to Be Training Ground for Next Generation of Energy Professionals

September 29, 2014 By Karen Henry

solar-install-energy-manageOnForce Solar is partnering with Bronx Community College on a technology hub designed to spur job growth in the area by creating tax-free business zones at designated colleges and universities, the New York Times reports.

The hub will be an extension of Bronx Community College and will be housed in a 23,000-sq-foot former machine shop that will be renovated and powered with solar energy. OnForce Solar, which is funding the $7 million project, will be one of the businesses located in the retrofitted facility.

The hub will enable the College to expand on programs such as those offered by its Center for Sustainable Energy, which has provided training in solar technology to more than 2,000 people over the last 10 years. OnForce Solar is banking on this partnership as a way to attract new employees who are trained in the latest solar technology. The prospected of hiring trained young workers, not to mention the tax incentives, has attracted other businesses as well. According to College officials, more than 85 companies have applied to move to the zone.

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