Updated 04/26/2012 04:39 PM
University highlights proposed facility
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- A day after proposing a plan to the governor, Binghamton University president Harvey Stenger was back on campus giving more details on the proposed improvements.
If approved, a new 'Smart Energy' research facility will be built on the already existing ITC campus adjacent to BU's main campus. There, students and faculty would continue to focus on green technologies such as solar and lithium power.
University officials say the $70 million project would create more than 800 jobs in the Southern Tier, as well as attract new students to Binghamton.
"We do anticipate that the interest in energy and the interest in smart energy will climb and so applicants might select Binghamton University because of that, so we might see a shift in the interest for certain disciplines as we go forward," said BU President Harvey Stenger.
Stenger estimates as many as 2,000 new students could be added, thanks to the construction of the new facility.