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    Sep 28, 2016
    Tesla’s new solar panel factory: contractor haven’t been paid by the state for 3 months over corruption charges


    The giant solar module factory at Riverbend in South Buffalo already has quite a tumultuous past despite its short existence. It was born out of a deal between the state of New York and solar panel startup Silevo, which was bought by SolarCity in 2014 and in turn, SolarCity was bought by Tesla last week who now inherit the plant.

    Well, Tesla actually inherits a free lease for the plant and not the plant itself since the state owns it for paying the $750 million to build the factory and buy most of the equipment it will use.

    But an investigation that led to charges against the plant’s contractor for alleged illegal lobbying efforts for the state to pick them for the construction of the plant has been slowing down some of round of financing to complete the payments to contractors and sub-contractors. It now resulted in contractors not having been paid since September for work done since July. more…

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