On January 27th, 2014, The Solar Foundation released National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry currently employs over 142,000 Americans. This figure represents the addition of nearly 24,000 additional solar workers over the previous year. The industry’s nearly 20% growth in employment since 2012 shows that – for the first time ever – the solar industry exceeded the growth projections made in the previous year’s report. During the period covered by Census 2013, average employment in the national economy great at only 1.9%. Between September 2012 and November 2013, the U.S. solar industry added an average of 56 solar workers each day.
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SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) announced a gradual downsizing of 700 full-time positions in Germany Continue reading »
While few manufacturers are profitable in today’s photovoltaic market, U.S.-based Nanosolar has had a particularly tough ride in taking its technology to scale. The Silicon Beat website reported the news yesterday, that as much of 75% of Nanosolar’s staff were laid off on Friday, February 15. The source of the report was an anonymous employee … Continue reading »
Hemlock Semiconductor Group said on Monday it will lay off about 400 workers in Tennessee and Michigan due to a global glut of polysilicon and the threat of tariffs on its products sold in China. Hemlock is a major producer of polysilicon, the raw material used in most photovoltaic solar panels. It is a joint … Continue reading »
The last two years have brought record investments and project development in the industry, with U.S. installations growing 116 percent in the second quarter of this year — much of it driven by the loan guarantee program. As a result of strong federal support, job growth in the industry continues to outpace the broader economy. … Continue reading »
Although the exact number of layoffs is not yet known, SPVI has learned from Solarzoom Market Centre that around 1,850 including 200 managers out of 15,000 employed are going to lose their jobs. Moreover, the company is operating under 75% utilization… http://solarpvinvestor.com/spvi-news/329-trina-solar-aggressively-cuts-jobs-to-reduce-spending-
Schletter, Inc., one of the largest designers and manufacturers of solar power mounting systems, will establish a production and distribution facility in Shelby. The company plans to create 305 jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2016, and invest more than $27 million in its Cleveland County facility. The project was made possible in … Continue reading »
Last week, as news was breaking that Colorado-based manufacturer Abound Solar had filed for bankruptcy, a solar branch of General Electric in Aurora was informing its local employees that about half of them would be laid off. Westword learned of these major layoffs — which could affect more than sixty employees — late Tuesday, from … Continue reading »
via Schott Solar announces layoffs – YouTube.
The Obama administration’s recent decision to slap import tariffs on Chinese solar cells was hailed by some domestic solar manufacturers as a victory for job creation, leveling the field while sending a powerful message to Beijing about monopolistic behavior in crucial industries. But a close look at the U.S. solar industry suggests that the tariffs … Continue reading »
Baker Center answers our question on solar energy : the spread of solar power technology into energy markets is following the same “less-than-smooth” path. Solar power is on track to become a major source of energy for the United States, and will likely need less federal incentive than other energy sources to get there, according to a study … Continue reading »
Citing a shortage of customers for its solar panel products, Siliken Canada has laid off 40 workers from its Windsor manufacturing plant. The move is only the latest blow to the region’s fledgling solar industry. Siliken general manager Paco Caudet said the situation is “no different than in any other manufacturing sector.” “When you have … Continue reading »
LDK Solar Co. (LDK), the world’s second- largest maker of wafers for cells, cut 5,554 jobs this year after plunging prices cut margins to a record low amid a renewable-energy shakeout that’s pushed at least eight solar companies into bankruptcy and prompted thousands of industry firings. LDK, which reported the lowest margins among its publicly … Continue reading »