U.S. Solar Manufacturer Suniva Announces ‘Significant’ Layoffs

Citing “continued downward market pricing pressures,” Suniva Inc., a Georgia-based manufacturer of solar cells and modules, has announced a “significant reduction” in its workforce.

When reached for comment, a Suniva spokesperson said she was unable to offer additional details at this moment, including the timing of the layoffs and the number of workers involved. However, in a press release, Suniva says the layoffs affect “employees in all areas of company operations” at both its Saginaw, Mich., and Norcross, Ga., facilities. (This comes a few months after the company celebrated an expansion at the latter location.)

In its release, Suniva provides only the following explanation, which makes several fiery claims about market challenges:

The reductions come as U.S. solar manufacturers face attack from the continued growth of global manufacturing overcapacity, particularly in Asia, and the ongoing influx of foreign imports, which continue to drive down domestic prices. Since 2013, when the U.S. government instituted anti-dumping and countervailing duties against manufacturers in certain countries, additional new global overcapacity has continued to drive U.S. market prices to levels that challenge responsible economic operations for U.S. manufacturers. The resulting faltering economics have led to similar actions at multiple companies in the manufacturing, construction, and development segments of the U.S. industry over the last 12 months.

Suniva remains committed to U.S. manufacturing and continuing forward as America’s leading manufacturer of high-efficiency and high-quality solar products. The company is actively investigating all economically responsible operational structures and will aggressively pursue all avenues that create a fair and rational market for U.S. manufacturers in this important industry.

Check out Solar Industry’s March 2017 issue for insight into the global PV module market in 2016 and beyond, as well as into other recent solar sector layoffs.

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