Solar panel manufacturing plant cutting 120 jobs



HILLSBORO, Ore. — The SolarWorld manufacturing plant in Hillsboro is cutting 120 jobs, according to the company.

An official filing Monday indicates 100 people will lose their jobs at the end of August.

SolarWorld spokesman, Ben Santarris, says 20 more will be moved into other jobs at the Hillsboro facility.

Santarris says the company has reduced the solar panel processes performed at the Hillsboro plant from four to just two.

SolarWorld will continue to employ about 700 people, including more than 600 in Hillsboro, according to Santarris.

The company blames the low price of Chinese solar panels. The U.S. Commerce Department put tariffs on the imported panels last October, concluding that they were being sold at unfairly low prices.