Joe Robach Joins LG Duffy to Annouce Solar Jobs to Come to Rochester

Senator Joe Robach joined Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy to announce that SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) will revitalize a vacant Kodak cleanroom building in Rochester by transforming it into a first-of-its-kind CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) for crystalline silicon photovoltaics, part of a $100 million initiative that will attract solar energy jobs and companies to the Greater Rochester Area. This effort also includes the acquisition and relocation to the CNSE MDF of the assets of a solar manufacturing company formerly located in Silicon Valley.

Senator Robach stated, “Today’s announcement continues to build on Rochester’s long and proud history of being a leader of innovation and invention throughout New York State. I applaud Governor Cuomo’s decision to invest in sustainable green technology that will enhance the productivity and health of New Yorkers, while creating quality jobs and helping to improve the lives of people in the Rochester community.”

The first initiative as part of the project will relocate a critical component of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot initiative from California’s Silicon Valley to Upstate New York, positioning New York as the recognized national leader in accelerating the development and use of solar energy nationwide.

Renovation is underway to transform the 57,000-square-foot building at 115 Canal Landing Boulevard in the Canal Ponds Business Park, which was formerly occupied by Kodak’s MEMS inkjet facility before it closed last October. The initiative will enable more than 100 high-tech jobs and includes the fitting up of a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot cleanroom. A late fall opening is anticipated.

The CNSE MDF will attract solar industry companies to New York to access a state-of-the-art resource that will dramatically reduce the cost, time, and risk associated with transitioning innovative solar technologies from research to commercial manufacturing of crystalline silicon photovoltaics. It will also play a critical role in the national effort to develop a strong PV manufacturing industry, and serve to accelerate the introduction and use of solar energy in homes and businesses across the country.