Michigan

Hemlock Semiconductor to lay off 100 workers

The Michigan-based polysilicon maker has been in trouble since the imposition of Chinese trade duties on imported polysilicon in 2013.

DTE Energy plant increases Michigan’s solar capacity by 47%

Weighing in at 48 MW and 200,000 solar panels, the Lapeer Solar Park increases the Wolverine State’s solar capacity by nearly half, which stood at 103 MW in 2016.

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Solar jobs: Progress and challenges in diversity

Two newly released reports explore diversity efforts for solar installation jobs in California and overall job growth in the Midwest.

The future of solar in MISO

MISO plans to conduct a multi-year study of how increasing amounts of solar and other forms of renewable energy will impact its territory and how to manage expected growth.

Evidence piles up: Michigan says solar users benefit state’s grid

The Wolverine State asked the Institute for Energy Innovation to complete an analysis of solar customer’s effects on non-solar customers ahead of a Public Service Commission study designed to shape the state’s solar policy in the future.

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New alloy could pave the way for new CPV designs

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light in the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. This could be a major step forward in the development of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology.

Coal-fueled Michigan utility plans 6 GW of renewable energy by 2050

The Detroit-area utility has pledged to add 6 GW of renewable energy to its portfolio by 2050 as part of an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 80%.

Study: Midwest houses significant solar potential (with a Top 10 list)

Data collected by a Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative funded startup joined forces with realty firm Redfin to identify the Top 10 Midwestern cities with the most untapped solar potential.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. solar manufacturers has filed for bankruptcy.

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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.

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