Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering building solar plant

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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany is building a $60 million solar manufacturing plant in an old Kodak building outside Rochester as it seeks to replicate its economic model in other cities.

The NanoCollege's multimillion-dollar purchase earlier this year of the 50,000-square-foot building in the town of Greece, a Rochester suburb, had raised eyebrows. The school already operates a semiconductor manufacturing center in nearby Canandaigua at which special mechanical sensors and light-emitting diodes are made.

The facility, known as the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center, is one of several spinoffs the state has created from the NanoCollege to develop high-tech manufacturing in other parts of the state after its successful establishment in the Capital Region.

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