Ubiquity Solar to set up manufacturing operations in New York

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September 23 (Renewables Now) - Canadian photovoltaic (PV) technology company Ubiquity Solar Inc will establish its US manufacturing activities in the village of Endicott in Broome County, New York, the state’s governor Kathy Hochul said on Wednesday.

The firm will repurpose 800,000 sq ft (74,322 sq m) of space at a former IBM campus, investing about USD 61 million (EUR 52m) in renovations, equipment and installation, with the project expected to create up to 150 jobs.

The first phase of the initiative will allow Ubiquity Solar to produce 1.5 MWp of PV cells for aerospace applications and 350 MWp of PV cells for the power generation market in 2022. The 350-MWp initial production line could provide PV systems for 50,000 homes, given the average size of 7 kWp of a new array on a single-family home, the governor’s press office estimates.

“We know that New York State is business-friendly, has a skilled workforce, and is committed to taking strong actions on climate and sustainability, making it the right location for the first phase of our U.S. expansion strategy,” said Ubiquity Solar chief executive Ian MacLellan.

Empire State Development will provide up to USD 3 million to the project through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Programme, based on actual job creation.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.852)

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