Employment

Members of congress warn of REC Silicon plant closure

A group of senators and representatives from Washington and Montana led by the top democrat on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee are calling on President Trump to negotiate with China and save REC’s Moses Lake facility.

Report shows Tesla’s battery gigafactory booming

The report found over 3,200 employees working at the factory at the end of 2017, and $3.7 billion in invested in the plant.

SEIA hires John Smirnow, Tony Chen

Trade lawyer and former VP John Smirnow will rejoin the trade group. SEIA has also hired Tony Chen, formerly of SolarCity and Cool Earth Solar.

Illinois solar program continues to develop, solar job numbers begin to grow

The Illinois Power Agency has added more administrative components to its website, while job training continues and hiring picks up.

Sunrun achieves pay parity

The nation’s largest residential solar company has announced that it pays its female employees the same as its male employees for similar jobs in similar locations. But regardless of this achievement, the larger industry still has a long way to go.

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Acting on racial injustice is our collective responsibility

In this op-ed for pv magazine, GRID Alternatives’ Erica Mackie argues that a recent high-profile racial harassment suit is indicative of larger problems, and that the solar industry is not immune to the structural racism within American society.

Vintage hiring and training solutions for a better solar workforce

In this op-ed for pv magazine, The Solar Foundation’s Chris Walker explores issues of aligning solar training programs with workforce needs.

NABCEP offering three new “specialist” certifications

The PV Design, PV Installer and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist certifications will be available at over 500 U.S. testing sites.

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Michigan could create 69,000 job-years on a path to 30% renewables by 2027

Adding solar and wind would yield 1600 direct job-years per gigawatt in construction, 1200 direct job-years per gigawatt in O&M, and many more indirect and induced job-years.

Tesla to lay off 9% of workforce, quit Home Depot

The company will return to selling solar primarily through its stores and online.

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