Solon Corporation to Close Tucson Solar Panel Factoryby Kate Kaemerle on Aug. 16, 2011, under Solar
Amidst declining prices for solar panels, German solar manufacturer Solon Corporation will close their Tucson manufacturing facility and cut 60 jobs. They will focus instead on solar project development.
From CNET Green Tech:
Solar manufacturer Solon said yesterday it will close a solar panel factory in Arizona in response to intense global competition on prices.
The Germany-based company said it will phase out a Tucson panel facility by October, cutting 60 jobs in the process. Instead, Solon will focus its product development efforts on designing and building large-scale solar installations using panels from different makers.
“We regret the near-term impact of this business decision on our employees and the Tucson community, but as a company Solon is adapting to a rapidly changing solar market,” Dan Alcombright, CEO of Solon North America, said in a statement. Solon also plans to cut 15 percent of its workforce in Germany, according to reports.
Solon’s decision to get out of solar panel manufacturing in the U.S. follows the announcement yesterday from Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Evergreen Solar, once a promising manufacturer with unique technology, decided to get out of the solar panel business as well to focus on making silicon wafers, a building block of solar panels.
The Solon Corporation news release about the plant closing is here.