State responds to SolarCity concerns

Posted at 10:31 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 10:38:58-05

There are questions whether the Solar City Project at RiverBend in Buffalo remains on track and if the state is behind on its payments to the contractors working on the site.  We’ve reached out to the state, and according to a spokesman, construction is on schedule.

"Payments are being processed and as a result we do not expect this to result in any layoffs. This project remains on schedule and is still slated to be open in the Third Quarter of 2017, bringing nearly 1,500 new jobs to Western New York,” said Empire State Development spokesman, Jason Conwall. 

The state is investing $500 million ($350 million in capital and $150 million in tax credits) through the Buffalo Billion and $250 million in other state resources.  The facility will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere with more than 1 gigawatt of annual solar capacity when it reaches full production. 

We’ve reached out to the main developer, LPCiminelli of Buffalo for an update on the project.

Check back for additional information throughout the day.