Canadian Solar cutting jobs at Ontario module assembly plant - reports

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Canadian Solar was quoted as saying that the headcount reduction at the plant was due to a decline in demand for modules and increased competition as module prices have fallen. Image: Canadian Solar

According to local news reports, ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has cut 130 manufacturing jobs at its PV module assembly plant in Guelph, Ontario.

Canadian Solar was quoted as saying that the headcount reduction at the plant was due to a decline in demand for modules and increased competition as module prices have fallen

The company recently revised it capacity expansion plans and failed to highlight whether the previously announced plans to double (500MW) module assembly production at the Ontario plant, would proceed. 

Canadian Solar had previously said in reporting second quarter financial results that it expected global in-house module capacity to reach 5.8GW by the end of year, instead of previous guidance of 6.43GW. 

The news comes soon after SolarWorld announced plans to reduce its manufacturing workforce in Germany with 500 job losses and microinverter firm, Enphase Energy said around it would reduce its global workforce by around 11%.

Before these job losses, SunPower announced a workforce reduction of around 1,000, due to its closure of module assembly at its Philippines plant and relocation of assembly in Mexico.

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