Kristine Bellino, WIBX

Solar Frontier of Japan and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany have entered into an agreement to explore development of a manufacturing initiative in New York State.

The initiative would create more than 1,000 jobs, with an investment of nearly $700 million.

CNSE and Solar Frontier have signed an agreement to explore building a manufacturing plant in western New York and establishing Solar Frontier's North American Headquarters at CNSE in Albany.

The announcement is a direct result of Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun and Energy Highway initiatives to make New York a leader in green energy manufacturing.

Solar Frontier is a global leader in solar cell manufacturing.