Lowey Tours Buchanan Plant to Talk Clean Energy

August 27, 2018
Press Release

BUCHANAN, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today toured Continental Building Products’ Buchanan plant to observe its clean energy efforts and to make the case for aggressive federal investment in renewable energy. Working with Manhattan-based EnterSolar, Continental Building Products – a construction manufacturing company headquartered in Virginia – is in the process of installing more than 250,000 square feet of solar cells on the roof of their Buchanan plant. The solar array project, expected to be completed in the fall, will be the state’s largest. While at the plant, which employs 110 people and is next door to Indian Point, Lowey was briefed on the solar panels being installed on the roof, as well as the products made at the plant, including drywall that is 99 percent recycled material.

“Continental Building Products’ cutting-edge facility in Buchanan is a terrific example of how sustainable building will protect the environment, increase energy efficiency, and save homeowners money,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “It was a pleasure to tour this facility and to experience firsthand its work to promote sustainability and the new energy economy. In Congress, I will continue leading the fight for federal investments in clean and renewable energy sources.”

As the highest-ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Lowey secured $2.078 billion in the FY2018 Omnibus for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including $55 million for concentrating solar power research and development.