Solar Panel Manufacturer To Shutter Nampa Plant


Idaho's struggling economy has cast another cloud over the solar industry.

Less than a week after Hoku Materials announced it was halting construction at its Eastern Idaho location and laying off 100 employees, Transform Solar said on Tuesday that it would close its Nampa facility along with its Boise office, resulting in 250 pink slips.

Transform, owned by Micron Technology and Australia-based Origin Energy, manufactured solar panels and cells.

The layoffs are expected to occur in a series of stages, beginning in mid-June and continuing for three months until the operations are shut down.

Micron said it would offer severance packages to Transform Solar employees and would assist in finding employment within its organization at locations in Idaho, Utah and Virginia.