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NYSERDA President Welcomes New Clean Energy Companies from Canada and Germany at Syracuse Tech Garden Event

Companies Chose New York State Due to Clean Energy Policies, Labor Force, Leadership

March 01, 2011

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) welcomed Toronto-based ProTerra LED and Germany-based SunEnergy Europe to New York State at an event at the Syracuse Tech Garden yesterday where the companies announced the opening of their U.S. headquarters.

Central New York has a thriving regional innovation cluster in clean technologies. This, plus the state’s skilled workforce, robust supply chain and leadership in clean energy technology development helped attract these companies to Central New York.

“New York State’s reputation for innovation and investment in clean-energy technology is clearly paying off,” said Murray. “NYSERDA is proud to have played a role in attracting businesses from other nations, helping to grow our upstate jobs while continuing to promote energy efficiency.”

ProTerra incorporates next generation LED devices, utilizing semiconductors designed for high-output lighting applications. It estimates that the move to Syracuse will result in 100 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs (supply chain and installation), due to the company’s business model to use regional supply chains.

SunEnergy is a photovoltaic system provider that develops solar systems for businesses, government and schools. The company, which started in 2001, sold 62 MW of PV in 2010 for a total of more than $126 million. It expects to have solar power installations totaling 12-15 MW of output by the end of 2012, in the US. In Syracuse, it expects to create 12 direct jobs when fully staffed.

“These companies moving to New York when they could have moved anywhere in the country send a message that New York is open for business,” said Murray.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Last Updated: 01/22/2014