Creating Cleaner Energy

By WBNG News

Creating Cleaner Energy

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton ) A $70 million Energy Project is at the top of Binghamton University's wish list. President Harvey Stenger visited Albany to present the University's New York 2020 with state leaders.

The Smart Energy Research and Development Facility is working off pre-existing sources like solar energy, solar power, battery power, and energy storage.

The new R&D Center would be the 4th building on the ITC Campus.

The funding for this initiative was set aside by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year.

Binghamton University is the 3rd of the SUNY schools to present it's proposal.

President Harvey Stenger says the odds are looking good.

"This is a move forward plan. The opportunity ahead of us are strong, I think our case is strong so there's no plan B for this one," says BU President, Harvey Stenger.

The building could bring more hands on research and experience for students, giving them the opportunity to create their own clean energy experiments.

"It's their generation that's going to have to solve these problems," says Wayne Jones with BU.

"If we want to educate these students to become productive members of our workforce we have to have a workforce that they can go into," says Jones.

The university estimates that this center could increase its research by $7 million a year.

If the proposal is accepted by the Governor, then the university will begin design plans immediately.

Those plans are expected to take about a year, and building will take another two years.

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