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ENERGYTesla solar factory in NY caught in the crossfire of Buffa…

ENERGYTesla solar factory in NY caught in the crossfire of Buffa...



A high-profile developer connected to Tesla’s solar factory in Buffalo, NY was convicted last Thursday of rigging the bids for several state-funded contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. During his sentencing last week, former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros was found by a Manhattan judge guilty of two counts of wire fraud and one count of wire fraud conspiracy.

Kaloyeros was, at one point, a prominent ally of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Southern District, the 62-year-old developer crafted contract-bidding documents to ensure that high-profile, taxpayer-funded construction projects were granted to two companies that have close ties with the NY governor. Among these is Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 facility in Buffalo, NY, which is tasked with manufacturing photovoltaic cells for the company’s Solar Roof tiles and solar panels. The Tesla solar factory contract was worth $750 million and is...

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