Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is urging the federal government to approve an investment tax credit (ITC) to build wind turbines in manufacturing sites in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Ogdensburg, N.Y.
The D'Arcinoff Group, a U.S.-based company, is looking to operate technology manufacturing facilities in 15 plants across the U.S. According to the company's estimates, the four New York plants could employ up to 15,000 people, working in multiple shifts. If fully financed, the first phase of the project could create upwards of 800 jobs at Syracuse's New Process Gear facility in DeWitt, 6,000 jobs in Rochester, 2,000 jobs in Buffalo and 1,200 jobs in Ogdensburg, according to Gillibrand.
‘As we transition to clean energy production, this is an opportunity to build wind turbine components right here in upstate New York,’ says Gillibrand. ‘To rebuild and fuel the new economy, we must harness the power of our manufacturing tradition. We can help create thousands of good-paying jobs and bring new economic activity to our communities by reviving these former industrial sites.’
The D'Arcinoff Group is applying for an ITC and a related grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury in order to redevelop vacant car manufacturing facilities into manufacturing facilities for wind turbines, water electrolysis, solar thermal and other equipment for an alternative energy program.