MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Massachusetts-based company says it could bring up to 240 jobs to Massena.
The New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees awarded 16 megawatts of low cost power Wednesday to Confluent Energies. A Power Authority spokesman told 7 News Confluent plans to build a network of greenhouses in Massena to grow leafy, green vegetables like lettuce.
The project is expected to take three years, with the first greenhouses in operation in 2020.
The Watertown Times first reported the story and said the greenhouses would be built at the corner of Dennison Road and County Route 42. According to the Power Authority, the company will use four, 10 acre plots of land for the project.
The low cost power is hydropower generated by the big power dam complex in Massena, and is part of the Power Authority’s long-termeffort to provide low cost energy to businesses in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Franklin counties.
“Confluent Energies decision to develop its operation in Massena and create 240 jobs is great news for the North Country," said Eugene Nicandri, vice-chairman of the Power Authority and Massena resident.
"The Power Authority’s hydropower is an invaluable resource for the region’s economic development.”
This is not the first time Confluent Energies has made plans in northern New York. A 2016 North Country Now story reported the company was planning to bring up to 100 jobs to the Ogdensburg area, with a network of greenhouses built on the former St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center land.
As far back as 2008, the company was pitching the state on building greenhouses in Massena, according to Confluent’s web site.