Just a little over a week after Calisolar announced plans to build a 16,000MT silicon production facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi, the company has advised of plans to lay off 80 employees at its Silicon Valley factory. According to GigaOM, the company released a statement noting that it was compressing its solar cell production as it began to shift its focus to polysilicon manufacturing. “We will significantly downsize commercial cell production and — as a result — reduce the labor force” at the Sunnyvale, California, facility, the company said in the statement.
Calisolar recently saw approval come from the state of Mississippi for a US$75.25 million incentive package that will help the company build its US$600 million silicon production factory. Calisolar states that with the new plant will come 951 full-time jobs and 1,000 construction jobs at the facilities development peak.
While Calisolar does acknowledge that it is trending to a stronger focus on polysilicon, GigaOM reports that the company does not have any plans, currently, to completely shut down its cell production and is “reviewing several options for the facility,” including turning it into an R&D space.