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OCIDA greenlights tax incentives for NexGen Power Systems

By Charles McChesney

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An October 2015 photo of the 82,000-square-foot facility at 50 Collamer Crossing Parkway when it was under construction. NexGen Power Systems moved one step closer Tuesday to taking over the empty space originally intended for Soraa, an LED lighting company. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — NexGen Power Systems moved one step closer to taking over empty space in DeWitt that New York state built to house a light bulb maker.

After a brief phone discussion with NexGen President and CEO Dinesh Ramanathan, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority (OCIDA) approved a 15-year, $3.1 million payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for the California–based high-tech company that expects to create 290 jobs in the next seven years.

OCIDA also approved a sales-tax exemption on materials the firm buys to improve the facility, saving NexGen up to $40,000.

NexGen holds multiple patents and creates gallium-nitride semiconductor devices. The company says its products allow for the building of smaller and more efficient power converters. Such converters are part of most electronics.

The space NexGen is looking to occupy is an 82,000-square-foot building at 50 Collamer Crossing Parkway originally built, with $90 million in state taxpayer money, to host Soraa, a maker of LED lighting. That company, also based in California, eventually pulled out of the project.

During the phone call, Ramanathan said Empire State Development had approved a $15 million grant for NexGen’s project.

Contact McChesney at cmcchesney@cnybj.com