SunPower idles all solar cell as well as module setting up plants

Apr 21, 2020 05:23 PM ET
  • High-performance PV supplier SunPower has actually idled every one of its factory situated in the United States, Mexico, France, Malaysia and also the Philippines to limit the functional and also economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SunPower idles all solar cell as well as module setting up plants
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SunPower did not claim when the production centers had actually been idled, just specifying that its anticipated production procedures would certainly "return on-line in the coming weeks".

An agent for SunPower has actually informed PV Tech that its production centers were idled in a staggered technique from around a month earlier to the last number of weeks as well as would certainly likewise reactivate with the very same method.

The business did not claim whether making personnel would certainly obtain pay or whether the firm would certainly protect, where feasible, federal government assistance for the furloughed employees. Nonetheless, SunPower later on made clear to PV Tech that about employees getting pay, circumstances differed from nation to nation based upon labor policies. Some employees had the ability to make use of leave time, while others had the ability to obtain assistance from city governments.

SunPower had around 5,300 staff members assigned to its international production procedures, according to its 2019 yearly monetary record.

With a significant decrease popular in several domestic markets because of lockdowns as well as various other constraints, SunPower stated that its existing supply degrees sufficed to satisfy client requirements, without specifying.

The firm likewise claimed that an undefined variety of workers would certainly be decreased to a four-day job week, yet client assistance and also property solutions sector employees would certainly not be influenced.

SunPower's exec group have actually likewise concurred more decreases in wages for the time being.

Since December 29, 2019, SunPower had around 8,400 permanent staff members worldwide, of which regarding 2,000 each were found in the United States as well as in the Philippines, around 1,700 were additionally situated in Malaysia, as well as concerning 2,500 were situated in various other nations.

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