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Clean energy manufacturing site for Plug Power breaks ground


Clean energy manufacturing site for Plug Power breaks ground (WRGB)
Clean energy manufacturing site for Plug Power breaks ground (WRGB)
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With energy and gas prices skyrocketing, Governor Kathy Hochul says there's no better time to continue the state's efforts to expand production of clean, renewable energy.

Plug Power's newest site in Slingerlands will have quite the footprint at 350,000 square feet. The Governor says this will mean more clean energy, and more than 1,600 new local jobs over five years.

The Governor and other officials including Albany County Executive Dan McCoy took part in the groundbreaking of the new $55 Million facility for Plug Power.

Officials say the new site will expand the company's GenDrive fuel cell systems, which are used to power motors in electric truck fleets.

Plug Power recently opened a facility in Monroe County, and construction is underway on a building in Genesee County. Governor Hochul says this construction in Albany County will help the state meet her aggressive green energy goals, and help further the economic recovery from the pandemic.

"It's about investments, it's about [a] clean energy future, but I also love the fact that it's about jobs. Any time we can create new jobs, and these are good paying jobs - It is $55 Million, and we've committed $45 Million in Excelsior tax credits. Those are based on the jobs you create, so you've got to create the jobs!" Gov. Hochul said Tuesday.
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The plug power facility in Slingerlands is expected to be complete by August.

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