SolarWorld Shuts Down California PV Module Factory, Cuts Workforce In Germany


Germany-based PV module manufacturer SolarWorld AG has announced a manufacturing restructuring that will result in the closure of its production facility in Camarillo, Calif. All U.S. manufacturing will be consolidated at the company's Hillsboro, Ore., fab, while sales and distribution operations will remain in Camarillo.

In addition, at SolarWorld's Freiberg/Saxony, Germany, location, older sections of production facilities will be shut down. A new facility with an annual production capacity of 1,000 MW was recently placed in service, thus allowing for the shutdown of the older lines, SolarWorld says.

‘With this, we will continue to keep our wage cost share at below 10 percent,’ says CEO Frank Asbeck, citing competition with module producers in low-cost locations.

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