78,000 square-feet of existing building space located in New York State is being transformed into a manufacturing facility for next-generation fuel cells specialised for heavy and medium-duty commercial vehicles.
The facility, which will create approximately 100 new jobs for the state, will be owned and operated by hydrogen vehicle manufacturer Hyzon Motors. Unveiled today (19th Feb), the new building is an expansion the company’s existing facility in the area and is scheduled to be complete in April.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has already thrown support behind the new development. “New York’s targeted investments in the tech and green energy industries are attracting new businesses to the state and creating more opportunities for New Yorkers,” he said.
“Hyzon Motors’ decision to grow its forward-thinking business here in New York shows that our investments are working. The company’s new fuel cell manufacturing facility will create 100 top-quality, high-tech manufacturing jobs, strengthening both the regional and state-wide economies while also furthering our state’s green energy goals.”
Empire State Development is assisting Hyzon with its fast-track growth by providing up to $1.6m through the Excelsior Tax Credit program. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with this project. Total project cost has been placed at close to $8m.
Welcoming the support, Craig Knight, Hyzon Motors CEO, said, “Hyzon Motors is excited to announce our plans to build out a substantial manufacturing facility in the Rochester area, aided by great support from Empire State Development, Monroe County, and Greater Rochester Enterprise.”
“Hyzon will be manufacturing industry leading fuel cell systems that have been proven in heavy trucks deployed internationally and commissioning zero emission trucks with zero compromise for fleet operators.”
The announcement complements the State’s actions to quickly advance development of large renewable energy projects. Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieving its mandated goal of a zero emissions electricity sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality.
This builds on New York’s unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including over $4bn invested in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, and 1,800% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011.
Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, while meeting a goal to deliver 40% of the benefits of clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities and advancing progress towards the state’s 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs in end-use savings.