A leading provider of alternative energy technology will soon be expanding in the Tech Valley, creating new jobs. Plug Power, headquartered in Latham, is opening its newest manufacturing facility in Clifton Park. According to a recent press release, the facility will support increased hydrogen and fuel cell production to meet industry demands while supporting New York’s commitment to cleaner and more efficient energy sources.
Clean Energy for the Future
The Clifton Park facility will be used to manufacture Plug Power’s hydrogen fuel cell solutions, commonly used in electric vehicles. With Empire State Development providing nearly $640,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, the company says the new facility will create 97 jobs.
Plug Power is investing nearly $2.8 million into the 38,400-square-foot facility over five years, allowing the company to vertically integrate its hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing and encourage the use of hydrogen as a reliable energy source.
“As Plug Power continues to grow both its customer base and corporate family, opening the Clifton Park facility was an easy decision,” Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh said in a statement. “We’re confident that our technology solutions coupled with the proven ingenuity, deep pool of engineering talent, and the unsurpassed work ethic of people in the Capital Region will make this expansion a great success.”
The introduction of Plug Power’s new Clifton Park location comes as New York State continues to invest in industry innovation and alternative energy. Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation supports Centers for Advanced Technology and Centers of Excellence that foster industry-university collaboration, including several with a clean energy focus. Efforts like these are helping make strides toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging greater energy efficiency in the state.
“Strategic investments in advanced manufacturing and sustainable energy production are allowing companies to develop and manufacture new technologies,” Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said in a statement. “Plug Power’s expansion means more green collar jobs in the Capital Region, supporting the regional economy and New York State’s commitment to clean energy industries.”
About Plug Power
Founded in 1997, Plug Power provides an alternative to lead-acid batteries with their hydrogen fuel cell systems. Focused on design, development, commercialization, and manufacturing, Plug Power leads the charge toward a future fueled by clean energy.