Silevo, SolarCity hold topping off ceremony at Buffalo Gigafactory

Share

SolarCity’s continued efforts to cast solar power as far and as wide across the U.S. as possible took another giant step forward yesterday as the company celebrated a topping off ceremony at its forthcoming 1 GW Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York state.

The ceremony at Riverbend was attended by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke of how SolarCity’s endeavor – the project will create nearly 3,000 jobs in Western New York and a total of around 5,000 in the state – had helped transform the local economy, as well as the region’s outlook on future industry and energy sources.

"On the gravesite of the old economy, where Republic steel once stood, now rises a beautiful monument to Buffalo’s future," Cuomo said. The fab’s construction will add 1,500 construction jobs to the region by Fall, taking employment in this sector to its highest level since 1990, Cuomo added.

For SolarCity, the completion of the Gigafactory will boost its manufacturing capacity manifold. The completed plant will be able to produce more than 10,000 high-efficiency Silevo Triex solar panels a day.

"Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the citizens of Buffalo are making history for clean energy today," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive during the topping off ceremony.

The next stage of the construction process will focus on the interior fit-out, including the installation of all tooling and machinery. The fab is expected to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2016 and will be the largest facility of its kind in the western hemisphere.

"The future is going to be green energy, more renewables," added Governor Cuomo. "That’s what this business is premised on and I believe that’s the undeniable trajectory."

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: editors@pv-magazine.com.

Popular content

Elastocalorics could replace heat pumps, air conditioning systems

16 July 2024 Elastocalorics have the potential to replace current air conditioning and heating systems, offering significant energy savings when paired with techno...

Share

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.