Meyer Burger to lay off 100 staff in Thun

Meyer Burger Technology has announced that 100 staff will definitely be let go from its facility in Thun after a consultation procedure was completed on 28 November. However the security of another 60 positions will be dependant on whether strategic alternatives are found.

SEIA, GRID Alternatives launch national Women in Solar programme

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a subsidiary of the US’ largest non-profit solar installer, is launching its national Women in Solar programme – an effort to increase gender diversity in the solar supply chain – with the help of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Movers & Shakers: SolarCity/Tesla, Powin, Canadian Solar, MaxGen, APPA, Gamesa and More

This week's Movers & Shakers segment features executive shuffles in energy storage companies and an O&M firm, while examining a new merger between Spain's Gamesa and Siemens Wind Power. Spain's Renewable Energy Association elects a new president for the next four years, and Jon Wellinghoff exits SolarCity amid the US$2 billion Tesla acquisition.

ROUND UP: SCE top solar utility, PG&E issues RfP, Rhode Island increases clean energy jobs

News in Brief: SCE tops the SEPA rankings for the top solar capacity of utilities for the second year in a row, PG&E issues an RfP for renewable energy projects ranging from 0.5MW to 20MW, Canada's Solar Alliance acquires the entire LA residential solar pipeline of an undisclosed US company, and Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo has announced a 40% increase in the state's clean energy jobs.

Movers & Shakers: Azuri Technologies, ABB, IBC Solar, Solar Alliance Energy

The theme of this week's Movers & Shakers is international expansion. PAYG off-grid solar provider Azuri Technologies is strengthening its leadership team to target West Africa, while Vancouver, Canada-based Solar Alliance Energy targets US assets and expands its sales team to accommodate for this. ABB appoints new regional heads to ensure direct market contact with Europe and the AMEA region.

Movers & Shakers: Lightsource, Vivint Solar, Azure Power, Coronal & The Solar Foundation

In this week's Movers & Shakers segment, PV Tech focuses in solar jobs in the US, with the UK's Lightsource embarking on its pilot expansion into North America, and Panasonic's Coronal Energy likewise strengthening its North American operations with new strategic leaders. An early-stage investor exits India's Azure Power and The Solar Foundation launches a new online career platform, in other news.

Nevada moves closer to reviving rooftop solar industry

Lawmakers in Nevada advanced yesterday with a bundle of bills that they say will revert back to more favourable rates for rooftop solar and increase the amount of energy credits for selling solar power. The bills have now moved to a full committee for consideration.