Last week, Gov. Cuomo participated in the “topping off” ceremony of the new, 1.2 million-square-foot SolarCity GigaFactory, which will manufacture solar panels in South Buffalo.

Taking advantage of the state’s investment of $750 million SolarCity to build and equip the facility, SolarCity has promised to create about 1,450 manufacturing jobs at the new facility, and employ 2,000 additional workers around the state. The facility is also expected to create more than 1,400 indirect manufacturing support and service provider jobs.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“Today, Buffalo has reached a new high. On the gravesite of the old economy, where Republic Steel once stood, now rises a beautiful monument to Buffalo’s future. This community built back from difficult conditions and hard times, and now…it has become a national model of resurgence.”

The SolarCity project in Buffalo presents a tremendous opportunity not only for job-seekers, but for companies looking to do business with SolarCity as well. This project will not only benefit the Buffalo area, but has the potential to be game-changer throughout the state as solar powers more and more homes and businesses via clean, renewable energy.