BP Solar has ceased silicon casting, wafering and cell manufacturing at its Frederick, Md., facility. Approximately 320 positions will be eliminated, out of 430 positions at the Frederick location.
BP Solar notes that it will maintain its U.S. presence in sales and marketing, research and technology, project development, as well as key business support activities.
With the closure of high-cost manufacturing locations, which began in the first quarter ofÂ 2009, the company has reduced unit costs by more than 45%.
SOURCE: BP Solar