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Governor Cuomo Announces 1366 Technologies to Construct Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2015 in Energy Efficiency, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Jobs, Manufacturing, Massachusetts, New York, North America, Politics, Renewables, Solar

Solar Technology Manufacturer Becomes First Anchor Tenant at STAMP Business Park and Will Create More Than 1,000 New Jobs

1366 Technologies CEO Frank van Mierlo and Governor Cuomo Photo courtesy of State of New York Governor Cuomo Announces 1366 Technologies to Construct Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Genesee County

1366 Technologies CEO Frank van Mierlo and Governor Cuomo
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Governor Cuomo Announces 1366 Technologies to Construct Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Genesee County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today (10-7-15) announced that 1366 Technologies, a manufacturer of technologies for the solar energy industry, will establish its first large commercial Direct Wafer™ production plant and significantly grow its workforce at the high-tech Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in Alabama, Genesee County.

Construction of the manufacturing facility will require two phases during which the company will create at least 600 new, full-time jobs over the next five years. 1366 expects to eventually create more than 1,000 new jobs in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region.

“This $700 million investment is an enormous vote of confidence in the Upstate economy and sends the message that there is opportunity in every corner of this state.” Governor Cuomo said. “Today’s announcement is an example of how we are combining this region’s natural strengths with our vision to develop New York’s entrepreneurial future and make the Empire State a true leader in developing the clean energy technologies of tomorrow. I am proud to continue building on Upstate’s economic resurgence and I am pleased to have 1366 helping us lead the way forward.”

1366 Technologies develops and manufactures high performance silicon wafers, the building block of solar cells and the most expensive component of a solar panel. The company’s revolutionary Direct Wafer™ technology transforms how the wafers are made and replaces a decades-old, expensive and wasteful manufacturing process with one elegant step. The result slashes the cost of a wafer by 50 percent. As a “drop-in” replacement for conventional wafers, 1366 Technologies makes it easy for cell and module manufacturers to strip out costs without adding complexity.

“We couldn’t be more proud to partner with the State of New York and contribute to the Finger Lakes Region’s vibrant future,” said 1366 Technologies CEO Frank van Mierlo. “Governor Cuomo and his administration recognize the opportunity advanced manufacturing brings to New York and to the United States. Innovation, like ours, is at the heart of economic growth and jobs. Thanks to his strategic vision and support, we will bring both to Upstate New York.”

1366 Technologies will build a 3GW wafer facility with a methodical phased approach, starting with a 250MW facility. Over the course of the multi-phase project, 1366 will invest approximately $700 million, including a $100 million initial investment, becoming the largest economic development project in the history of Genesee County.

In order to encourage 1366 Technologies to establish its new manufacturing operations in the Finger Lakes region, the Governor’s administration put forth a competitive and attractive New York State incentive package of up to $56.3 million and up to 8.5 megawatts of low-cost hydropower, which includes estimated benefits and savings available through as-of-right and performance-based programs. State agencies providing incentives and support include Empire State Development (ESD); New York Power Authority (NYPA); New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

ESD’s incentives are tied directly to the creation of at least 600 new jobs, and the grant portion of the package will be used specifically for establishing infrastructure and constructing the initial 130,000 square foot facility, which 1366 Technologies will lease for the next decade.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said: ““As one of our region’s top economic development priority we have worked tirelessly to bring the STAMP Business Park from concept to reality. The addition of this advanced manufacturing facility will build on the momentum we have worked so hard to create, and is yet another sign of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to delivering real results for the Finger Lakes region and Upstate New York. I applaud the Governor and all of our local partners for their commitment to ensuring a brighter economic future for our families and our community.”

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhoffer said: “For the last seven years, I have championed the WNY STAMP Project, from securing $2 million for infrastructure improvements in 2011 to spearheading the effort to deliver another $33 million last year. These investments have helped to get us to where we are today. Now, 1366’s investment puts the WNY STAMP Project on the map. I thank Governor Cuomo, the Genesee Economic Development Center, and our partners at 1366 who worked tirelessly on this important initiative.”

Assemblyman Steve Hawley said: “This is a historic day for economic development in Western New York,” Hawley said. “For years, the Legislature and Governor Cuomo have been investing in and advancing New York’s technology sector and today is an example of the success we have achieved. This new STAMP project has the potential to create thousands of high-paying jobs for college graduates in and around my district and cement the Western New York region as one of the premiere technology centers in all of New York State. A rising tide does indeed float all boats and I look forward to all counties in my district reaping the economic benefits of this project.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said: “1366 Technologies’ move to the STAMP campus will create hundreds of new high-tech jobs and continue to foster the state’s innovation economy. We are proud to support 1366 Technologies’ newest venture and look forward to the continued growth of solar technologies in the Finger Lakes.”

Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO, NYPA, said: “The low-cost electricity generated from our Niagara hydropower plant has enabled many enterprises to become part of the economic revival in Western New York. We’re especially excited to be working with 1366 Technologies, a company that, like NYPA, is heavily invested in clean energy.”

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA said: “1366 Technologies, coming to the STAMP campus, shows how Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy spurs economic development, creates jobs and protects the environment. This project will build out the state’s growing clean energy economy, improve solar manufacturing, lower the cost of solar panels, and boost the solar market.”

James S. Rubin, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said: “HCR is proud to not only create and preserve affordable housing throughout the state, but to play a role in revitalizing the state’s economy. Genesee County can now apply for up to $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds through HCR to assist 1366 Technologies in creating jobs, including those benefitting low and moderate-income employees. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we are able to provide 1366 Technologies with this additional avenue of funding to support job creation and improve opportunities for renewable energy sources and technology.”

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider local incentives of up to $41.7 million – including $12 million for the first phase of construction – throughout the various phases of the development. The GCEDC and New York State will coordinate construction of the building because of the grant provided by ESD.

Paul Battaglia, Chairman of the GCEDC Board of Directors said: “This is a historic day for Genesee County with the announcement of the largest economic development project in our community by Governor Cuomo. STAMP is the result of years of collaboration between all levels of government especially between New York State, Genesee County, the Town of Alabama, and our many partners in the private sector.”

In September 2011, 1366 was also issued a $150 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a commercial-scale manufacturing facility.

Construction of the first phase of the facility is slated to begin no later than Q2 of 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) site is part of New York’s High Tech Corridor and is the state’s second shovel-ready mega site (1,250 acres) designed to attract large companies including semiconductor, display/ imaging, photovoltaics, optics/ photonics, and bio-manufacturing firms. The site is located within the New York Power Authority’s low cost hydropower zone and is serviced by redundant, highly reliable power. Located just five miles north of the New York State Thruway on exit 48A, the site has access to a bi-region population of 2.1 million people. The STAMP site has been validated as a regional priority project by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and is supported by regional business and labor organizations, as well as regional colleges and universities.

Mark S. Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise said: “This win represents tremendous collaboration between Western New York and Rochester area economic development partners who employed a multi-regional approach to support this project via Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council process. This begins to change the dynamic between the two cities to create a major metropolitan hub.”

Thomas A. Kucharski, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise said: “I want to congratulate 1366 Technologies, Governor Cuomo, and all of our economic development partners who played such a critical role in bringing this revolutionary technology and very meaningful and impactful project to Genesee County. The STAMP site is ideal for furthering the Governor’s vision of an east to west high-tech economic corridor, and 1366 Technologies investment validates that the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions possess the necessary assets for high-tech, advanced manufacturing companies to grow and prosper.”

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Joel Seligman President, of the University of Rochester, and Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, said: “For the last four years, the development of the STAMP site has been a priority project for the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of effort by organizations such as Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Genesee County Economic Development Center and the commitment and vision provided by Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature. This project represents the first of what we believe will be many companies that locate to STAMP and create a high-tech, advanced manufacturing corridor that span upstate and the site will drive significant economic growth in both the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions.”

This article (10-7-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: State of New York.

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California Sets Bar High for Paris Climate Talks with 50% Clean Energy Law

October 7, 2015 in Air Quality, California, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Environment, EV News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, North America, Politics, Renewables, Solar, Water, White House

Governor signs bill for 50% renewables and doubling of energy efficiency by 2030

Central Valley produces one-sixth of the U.S.’s crops. Photo courtesy of White House California Sets Bar High for Paris Climate Talks with 50% Clean Energy Law

Central Valley produces one-sixth of the U.S.’s crops. Photo courtesy of White House.
California Sets Bar High for Paris Climate Talks with 50% Clean Energy Law

Los Angeles – Flanked by environmental and environmental justice advocates, business leaders and elected officials, Governor Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 350, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

This landmark legislation will increase California’s use of renewable energy to 50 percent by 2030 and double the state’s use of energy efficiency in buildings by the same year, critical steps to meeting California’s clean energy and air quality goals and continuing to lead the nation on climate change solutions.

“Today’s signing of SB 350 is huge. Once again, the State of California is acting on the long-held values of Californians for a swift transition to a clean energy future,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California. “Each day, drought, wildfires and record temperatures remind Californians that we must act on climate, and act in a big way. We applaud the Governor and Senator De León for their leadership in setting aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, protecting our health, environment and economy, and setting a strong example for other states and countries to follow.”

Already, California’s clean energy economy is a success. Over 54,000 Californians are working in the solar industry and $11.7 billion were invested in solar installations statewide in 2014. The signing of SB 350 will ensure that California builds on its clean energy successes to date, spurring innovation, creating local green jobs, and creating cleaner air and a healthier planet for all.

World leaders will meet in Paris in December for an international climate change summit.

“The path to Paris should be paved with concrete actions to cut emissions and invest in clean energy, and the signing of SB 350 is just the type of action that the world needs more of,” said Kinman.

Environment California urges Governor Brown to keep the momentum going by signing SB 185 (De León), which will require California’s public pension funds to divest from coal, and AB 693 (Eggman), which will create a new 10-year program to allow low-income tenants of multifamily affordable housing projects to benefit from on-site solar installations, bringing solar power to low-income renters, all while promoting local jobs, renewable energy, and cleaner air for the state.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Environment California.

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Proterra Joins the San Francisco Bay Area’s Highly Touted Transportation and Tech Hubs

October 5, 2015 in Air Quality, California, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, Electrification, EV Fleet, EV News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, North America, Sustainable San Francisco

BURLINGAME, CA — Proterra, the leading provider of zero emission battery-electric buses, today announced the opening of its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Photo courtesy of Proterra Proterra Joins the San Francisco Bay Area's Highly Touted Transportation and Tech Hubs

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Proterra Joins the San Francisco Bay Area’s Highly Touted Transportation and Tech Hubs

The move positions Proterra to extend its market leadership by taking greater advantage of the region’s innovation culture and to serve the rapid growth in customer demand on the West Coast. Proterra expects to find new opportunities for collaboration with other transportation innovators in the Bay Area as it launches its new headquarters.

“Proterra’s new headquarters further demonstrates an auspicious future for advanced transportation in California, as more companies choose to manufacture electric vehicles here,” said Panorea Avdis, Chief Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

Driven by increasing urbanization and strict air quality regulations, California is leading the transition to electric mass transit. With the 2016 opening of Proterra’s new Southern California manufacturing facility, Proterra is expected to double its production capacity, placing Proterra in an even stronger position to serve its growing list of California customers. The company’s firm orders are now at 123 units, with 317 options contracted, for a total of 440.

“Proterra’s opening of a California headquarters in Burlingame and a new manufacturing facility in the San Gabriel Valley shows that California continues to lead the nation in job creation and electric vehicle production,” said state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. “These new buses will be ‘Made in America’ and ‘Made in California’ and they’ll reduce our dependence on oil so we can meet our emissions reduction goals.”

By expanding its footprint in Silicon Valley, Proterra aims to be at the apex of transit innovation. The 34,440 square foot Burlingame headquarters will include a mix of management and support teams from the Advanced Engineering, Finance, Sales, Marketing, and HR departments with 40 employees initially. Proterra’s Greenville facility in South Carolina will continue to manufacture Proterra’s zero-emission electric buses to meet East Coast demand, while Proterra taps the robust high-tech talent pool in the Bay Area.

“The U.S. is in the midst of a complete reinvention of how we transport people and cargo and Silicon Valley is at the center of innovation in new powertrains and energy storage systems,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “As younger generations forgo car ownership and cities demand clean and quiet transit solutions, our goal is to help pioneer this movement.”

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Proterra.