Published: Nov 09, 2009
GE will close its only U.S. solar panel factory in January and shutter it completely by June, 2010. The reason is a familiar one in the solar panel industry: production costs overtook sales prices and supply remains dim in part due to the recession.
The 82 employees at the facility in Delaware will be laid off with severance packages.
This comes on the heels of news last week that Evergreen Solar was moving its solar panel production from Devens, Mass. to China due to much lower production costs there.
More power to China. And to its continued drive to become sustainable economically and environmentally.
A year ago, two of my best friends—a married couple, in their 30s, with children—decided to quit their jobs and spend some time doing volunteer work. After a lot of research and deliberation, they chose an intentional community in Georgia where they would be able to work with refugees.
Job creation is one of the key reasons cited by President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
Specifically, coal jobs:
"The current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America," the President said in his remarks announcing the decision.
In recent years, green has proved a popular concept among consumers,with many buyers, especially the millennial set, ready and willing to pay more for sustainable, environmentally friendly products. That’s contributed to the rise of careers in corporate sustainability, with employees who hold these jobs managing production and facilities to ensure the least wasteful business practices are used.