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Ten K Solar to “discontinue” current operation

The Minnesota-based solar company gave scant details, but denied claims that its winding down was due to faulty third-party hardware.

Help wanted? Solar employers have trouble finding qualified workers, study says

A new report from The Solar Foundation reveals that two-thirds of solar employers are struggling to find qualified workers and that investment in post-hire training is the key to making sure the industry’s spectacular job production continues.

Sungevity sacks 40 more workers without notice, changes name

After being rescued from bankruptcy earlier this week, the formerly Top 4 solar installer fired more employees with no formal notice – and changed its name to Spectrum Solar.

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Solar farms could adorn former mountaintop-removal coal mines

Berkeley Energy Group, an Eastern Kentucky coal mining company, is partnering with EDF Renewable Energy to turn two former mountaintop-removal coal mine sites into the state’s largest solar farms.

Suniva violated WARN Act provisions in layoffs, employees say

In the latest news for the troubled cell and module maker, former employees have filed a class-action suit alleging the company violated provisions of the federal WARN Act by laying off employees in Michigan and Georgia without notice.

The Solar Foundation’s new site matches solar jobs and job seekers

The foundation’s new website, SolarTrainingUSA.org, is designed to be a clearinghouse where people can find jobs in the rapidly growing solar sector.

U.S. solar produced $154 billion in economic activity for 2016

A new interactive map from The Solar Foundation allows visitors to see the impact of the solar industry at state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district level for the United States in 2016 .

Partnership aims to save money low-income families in New York

GRID Alternatives and the Association for Energy Affordability announced a partnership that combines solar-energy installations with energy-efficiency programs to lower electricity costs for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

SMA announces “major hiring push” in California, Northeast

The inverter giant’s expansion plans are a response to what it says are favorable market conditions. In addition, the company is introducing new products to the U.S. market, including solutions for battery storage.

Meister: Solar brings the most jobs for the money (with chart)

Another report – this time from Meister Consultants Group – reveals solar is creating jobs at a breathtaking rate and suggests solar investments in generate roughly three times more direct and indirect jobs than comparable investments in fossil fuels.

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