New York agrees to buy land for solar energy complex

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has reached an agreement to buy the rest of the land needed for a solar energy manufacturing complex planned for Buffalo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $2.8 million purchase from the city on Tuesday.

The state's already bought 88 acres of former brownfields from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. for $2.5 million. The latest purchase adds 96 acres.

The site once housed a steel plant but is now targeted to become the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub. As part of an economic development initiative, the state will invest $225 million to build facilities that will be used by renewable energy manufacturing companies. Two California companies, Soraa and Silevo, which has been bought by SolarCity, have signed on as the first two tenants.

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