Employment

More U.S. jobs in solar than coal and nuclear combined

A new report from a think tank headed by former Energy Secretary Moniz reveals an additional 100,000 jobs with a part-time solar component, and hints at the political powerhouse that solar is becoming.

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Tesla and Panasonic to hire 80 workers at Buffalo gigafactory

The Tesla/Panasonic gigafactory is taking on more workers, as a sign of health. However many details remain unclear.

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Jürgen Stein steps down as SolarWorld Americas CEO

As what may be the first sign of many changes, the President and CEO who led SolarWorld through the Section 201 case is being replaced by a restructuring veteran.

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New York to take bids for 20 large renewable projects by 2022

The Empire State state has announced a solicitation for 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity, to be delivered by 2022.

SEIA reports 18 companies reducing solar deployment, workforce in 2018

The national solar trade organization has listed cancelled investments and hiring as well as job losses in its comments supporting requests for exclusion from Section 201 tariffs.

Maryland report shows distributed solar’s real power is people

An analysis submitted to Maryland regulators found that distributed solar’s economic benefits – mostly labor associated revenue – was worth six times the value of the electricity to the grid.

Solar Foundation presents solar jobs maps, local data

The Solar Foundation has launched individual state fact sheets and a map view focused on jobs per U.S. congressional district.

Flow battery maker ViZn Energy goes under

ViZn has laid off all of its employees and ceased operations, as the latest in a series of closures and bankruptcies for makers of alternative battery technologies.

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JinkoSolar downsizes plans for Jacksonville, Florida factory

The Chinese PV giant is now planning to employ only 1/4 the number of workers previously planned in one PV module factory, which will be online by the end of next year.

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SunPower to lay off 150-250 workers, blames Section 201

The company’s latest restructuring will involve losing roughly 3% of its global workforce, all in “non-manufacuring” positions.

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