1366 is set to build a factory just up the road (OK, it is a long road – NYS Thruway) from Solarcity. The Massachusetts based company came to an agreement with New York State to build a 100,000 square foot factory between Rochester and Buffalo that could create 1000 jobs. The solar cells to be produced would be sold to solar cell manufacturers; 1366 doesn’t plan to make solar panels bearing its own name. The process to produce the silicon solar cells will eliminate several steps in the traditional Solar Silicon cell process which will be more efficient and reduce waste. The process is the subject of at least five patents going back to 2012. New neighbor Solarcity has about 26 patents in its own name and that of its new acquisition Silevo, which like 1366 works in the Silicon based solar world. In fact, Solarcity just claimed the mantle of the most efficient solar cell only to have this mantle taken a few days later by Panasonic. Let’s hope the competition between these new neighbors leads to even better solar panels made in New York.