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Solar Power visit (with editorial board meeting audio)

New York Power Authority President Richard Kessel stopped by The News to reinforce the governor's announcement that the state's top power authorities will purchase up to 150 megawatts of solar power through a program designed to make the state the nation's second-largest solar power producer. And that means jobs, as Kessel said here. In fact, if this renewable energy initiative gets off the ground -- and there's no reason to think otherwise -- it could help transform Western New York.

Kessel talks about requests for interest here. Power officials are looking at an array of places to build such as municipalal buildings and methods such as central solar, as Kessel discussed here.

Futuristic? Optimistic? Naive? We've been called worse. There's reason for optimism, if not for the sheer sake of it all. But incentives for producers along the lines of a new partnership with General Electric Co. in Schenectady County, which is expected to create 350 manufacturing jobs , are worth considering. This area has plenty of skilled workers and Western New Yorkers are known for their strong work ethic.

The governor's focus on upstate New York and, more importantly, on jobs, is encouraging.

Dawn Marie Bracely/Editorial Writer

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