Plug Power Inc., which has a manufacturing plant in Clifton Park, will build $125 million Innovation Center in Rochester, creating 377 new jobs.
The center, located in the town of Henrietta, Monroe County, will be the first world’s first Gigafactory for Proton Exchange Membrane technology, according to the company.
The company will use this facility to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks and electrolyzers. The fuel cell stacks are used in its ProGen hydrogen fuel cell engines, which are used to power a variety of electric vehicles including material handling equipment, on-road commercial fleet vehicles, and drones. The electrolyzers are utilized in the generation of green hydrogen from renewable electricity.
Renovation work on the facility will begin in the first quarter of 2021 with manufacturing expected to begin in mid-2021.The company’s decision to expand operations and continued investment and job creation in New York is supported by Empire State Development, which is providing $13 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for this major project. Monroe County, Rochester Gas and Electric and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project.