Volume 90 Issue 17 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 23, 2012

Solar Firms Scale Back

Manufacturing: First Solar, SunPower cut production
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: solar, manufacturing, renewable energy, restructuring

First Solar, an Arizona-based thin-film photovoltaics firm, said last week that it will restructure its operations to reduce capacity and shift production to more efficient facilities. The announcement came one day after a similar statement from SunPower, a maker of crystalline silicon solar cells with headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

First Solar will close a plant in Frankfurt in the fourth quarter. It will also idle four production lines in . . .

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