On Wednesday afternoon solar startup 1366 Technologies, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced that 1366 will build a factory in Genesee County, which is located between Buffalo and Rochester, in upstate New York.
The factory, which is supposed to break ground in the second quarter of 2016, will eventually churn out 600 million silicon solar wafers per year.
A silicon wafer is the raw ingredient of a traditional solar cell, and a few dozen solar cells make up one solar panel.
The largest solar installer in the U.S., SolarCity, has been building a factory to make solar panels in Buffalo, New York.
The company has developed a variety of tech innovations that enable it to manufacture solar wafers for about half the cost of traditional solar wafers.
The first phase will produce 250 megawatts of solar wafers per year, which is the equivalent of enough solar to power 250,000 homes.
Eventually 1366 intends to produce 3 gigawatts of solar wafers, which is twelve times the initial phase.