Did Elon Musk Forget About Buffalo? After $750 million in subsidies and years of delays, critics say the Tesla CEO hasn’t done enough for the Gigafactory 2 solar panel factory.
Just south of downtown Buffalo, near abandoned
factories and crumbling brick warehouses, is a 1.2-million-square-foot
white box with Tesla Inc.’s
solar panel factory inside. The state of New York paid $750 million to
fund this place, based on a commitment to create nearly 1,500 jobs here.
On a Tuesday morning in mid-November, a group of two dozen of these
workers is monitoring several rows of robots that are stamping out
materials for the Solar Roof, a new kind of solar panel that Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk is very excited about. Or was, anyway.
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