Here at Green Collar Manufacturing, we like to be open to all kinds of reports. Sure, if you were browse our posts from the past month, most would be positive and in support of green business. So today, to prove that I do not just see the world through green colored glasses, I thought it would be best to pass on this Associated Press article from this morning, announcing that Advent Solar of New Mexico would be laying off 68 workers.

“We regret having to release so many good employees, but we just won’t need manufacturing until next year,”
said Chief Executive Officer Peter Green.

          It is important to note, however, that Advent handed down the layoffs to increase research on developing a larger solar cell and plans on rehiring solar manufacturers again next year.

          I guess what happens at Advent is yet to be seen and hopefully the laid off workers will be rewarded for their skills in the solar industry. As noted in previous posts, trained solar workers are high in demand in certain areas, plans to step up renewable energy production continue to develop.

          In fact just this month in New Mexico, according to Clean,

“Schott, AG, broke ground on a facility that will manufacture solar PV cells and receivers…(creating) 350 jobs in the short term and 1,500 jobs when the plant is running to capacity. New Mexico has a Renewable Portfolio Standard, requiring that a portion of the state’s energy production must come from renewable sources.”

          So, despite this week’s cuts, solar manufacturing in New Mexico should get back to normal very soon.

Just saw a short post by the Department of Energy from 3/12 that proclaims they’ll be investing “up to $13.7 million in 11 projects run by 9 univeristies that will develop advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes and products”. Hmm government announcing collaboration with universities to find the best manufacturing process. Have they been reading this blog? If not, they should be.

Anyways, here’s the link