Western Hemisphere’s* Largest Solar Panel Plant Coming to Buffalo

Elon Musk, known for starting Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors, is planning on breaking another record, only this time it’s in Buffalo. Musk’s company, SolarCity, has just acquired Silevo, the California company slated to move into the clean tech innovation hub at Riverbend.The $225 million Hub @ Riverbend was announced in November by Governor Cuomo as part of the Buffalo billion.

The $350 million acquisition by SolarCity has prompted the company to announce that they plan to create a solar panel plant five times bigger than the Hub’s planned size resulting in the largest plant of its kind in the world. The acquisition of Silevo will allow SolarCity to produce some of the most efficient panels on the market and prompted an 11% jump in shares.

*Some original claims were calling the plant the world’s largest but was downgraded to Western Hemisphere’s largest later on


South Park - Buffalo, NY

South Park is a 155 acre arboretum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It is home to the Victorian designed Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and is considered the southern jewel of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks system. Currently home to over 200 species of trees efforts are continually being made to improve one of Buffalo’s most alluring parks. In this video by Dan Oshier it’s possible to see South Park from above with the city and lakefront windmills in the distance. 

Buffalo RiverWorks

A major announcement was made last week for the development of a $40 million mixed-use project along the Buffalo River to be called Buffalo RiverWorks. The $15 million phase I of the project will include restaurants, a brewery, a beer garden, a rooftop bar, recreational boating, a sand beach, a 5,000 capacity year-round venue for concerts and sports, and seasonal outdoor ice rinks for adult amateur hockey. It is already decided to be the location for the 2014 Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament ensuring the event will occur regardless of the weather.

Phase II would include a $25 million 100 room hotel that would be incorporated into the historic silo complex. One developer, Doug Swift, claims, “The whole area is going to change in the next 10 years.” This statement is likely true as $75 million has gone to clean up the Buffalo River; neighboring Silo City continues to grow with repeated successful events; and nearby Ohio Street is getting an $11.3 million conversion to a parkway connecting the burgeoning inner and outer harbors.