REC Silicon Cuts Jobs At Montana Plant, Curtails Solar Focus

Norway-based polysilicon supplier REC Silicon ASA has laid off approximately 30 employees at its Butte, Mont., plant and curtailed solar-grade polysilicon production at the facility. According to a press release, the decision is part of efficiency improvement and cost-cutting initiatives at the plant and a re-alignment to focus on the semiconductor market. Furthermore, the company says it …

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Backs U.S. Solar Nonprofit

During remarks delivered to a climate change conference at Yale University, Academy-Award-winning actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio announced his foundation’s largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants, which includes $120,000 for U.S.-based solar nonprofit RE-volv. At the Tuesday event, hosted by former Secretary of State John Kerry’s Kerry Initiative, DiCaprio announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) awarded $20 million …

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Solar Groups Speak Out Against Recent N.Y. Ruling

Despite a long stakeholder process and initial support for the state’s Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) proceeding, solar advocacy groups have raised some concerns about the New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent approval of utility implementation plans. As the groups explain, these critical plans set the compensation for solar customers in each utility …

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