MALTA: Energy tech park takes a step forward

The steps have all been cleared for the opening of the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park on Hermes Road in Malta.

Project engineers from the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the lead agency in developing the first technology park in the nation for clean-energy and environmental technology companies, addressed the Malta Town Board Monday, Nov. 26.

We've reworked the entire project after extensive work with the planning board's requests, and it doesn't look like a yellow diner in there as they requested, said Robert Callender.

The 105,000-square-foot office building will open in about three weeks. Nestled in the woods, the tech park will remain 77 percent green space, and both designers and board members said they were excited about the 3.5 miles of walking trails for the public.

"People will be welcome to jog, walk their pets, there will be two gazebos built as focal points, and we're designing a trail system and kiosks with maps to guide people along," said Callender.

Space at the park's premier building is now leased to seven clean-energy companies.

"STEP is market-driven," said Callender. "We only build when we have tenants ready to move in. We're now building two new buildings where we have companies for more than half of the available space."

Current companies on site are Advanced Energy Conversion, Building Performance Institute, Carbon Ceramics, the Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership, the Center for Economic Growth, ecoPower, groSolar, Linc, Lockheed Martin, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and Starfire Systems.

Project developers were especially proud to announce that Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC), will be locating a satellite campus at STEP, with both degree and noncredit courses offered. HVCC is the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital District, offering more than 70 degree and certificate programs through its four schools: business; engineering and industrial technologies; health sciences; and liberal arts and sciences.

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