ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The State University of New York (SUNY), as part of a partnership with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), announced a new Offshore Wind Training Institute. The goal will be to train 2,500 workers in offshore wind workforce development.

SUNY announced it will work with Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, to educate a new workforce at the Offshore Win Training Institute that will then support the national offshore wind industry. New York state will invest $20 million, in the institute which is the largest public offshore wind investment by any state in the U.S.

The announcement was apart of Governor Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State and supports New York’s goal of developing 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035.

In a prepared statement SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said:

“As we rebuild the post-COVID economy, we must focus on up-and-coming industries that are primed for growth. I want to thank Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College for lending their top of the line facilities and the expertise of their faculty to this important effort. With their help and Governor Cuomo’s leadership, we will train thousands of workers annually for high-paying green energy jobs and play critical role in New York’s economic recovery”

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras