In wake of corruption probe, more delayed payments for SolarCity project

Report says state did not purchase tools
Posted at 11:51 AM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 10:03:44-04

There appear to be more delays in the state’s plan to build a $750 million solar panel factory in South Buffalo.

According to a Politico report, New York State “has skipped projected payments on tools” for the SolarCity plant for months.

Citing a progress given out at the latest meeting of the Public Authorities Control Board in Albany, the website said there was no money spent on tools for the solar panel maker between mid-August and mid-September – even though the state estimated in July that it would spend $52 million within the month. 

On Sept. 22, a day after the progress report was handed out at the meeting of the obscure board in Albany, nine men were indicted on charges of bribery and public corruption in connection with the key Buffalo Billion project and other upstate revitalization efforts being led by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

We reached out to officials at SolarCity and the state to explain this situation but have not heard back.