Making New York Great Again: Tesla, Panasonic to build solar cells in Buffalo

From Yahoo:

Japan­ese electron­ics compa­ny Panason­ic and U.S. electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday they plan to begin produc­tion of solar cells at a facto­ry in Buffalo, New York.

The two compa­nies said they final­ized an agree­ment calling for Tokyo-based Panason­ic to pay capital costs for the manufac­tur­ing. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla made a “long-term purchase commit­ment” to Panason­ic.

Their state­ment gave no finan­cial figures.

The facto­ry in Buffalo is under devel­op­ment by SolarCi­ty Corp., a San Mateo, California-based solar panel compa­ny owned by Tesla. The photo­voltaic cells and modules will be used in solar panels for non-solar roof products and solar glass tile roofs that Tesla plans to begin making, the announce­ment said.

Produc­tion is due to begin in mid-2017. Tesla said it will create 1,400 jobs in Buffalo, 500 in manufac­tur­ing and plans further expan­sion in Buffalo.

Panason­ic also is to work with Tesla on next-generation technol­o­gy, the compa­nies said.

New York state has commit­ted $750 million to build and outfit the plant at Buffalo’s River­Bend site, the center­piece of Democ­ra­t­ic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revital­ize the upstate region’s largest city.

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