The home-grown Mission Solar company announced that they are cutting dozens of employees in a restructuring of the company.
When Mission Solar opened a few years ago, their plan was to make the cells that go into solar panels. But now, just the solar panels themselves will be made by the company. That means that their workforce of 381 employees will be cut to 294 employees after letting 87 of them go.
The company released this statement:
"Mission Solar Energy is moving forward with a strategic restructuring of the company that will allow us to continue as one of the solar industry leaders for years to come. As a part of that restructuring, we are reducing our U.S. based workforce to a level commensurate with our current focus on module-only manufacturing. We remain committed to providing customers with state-of-the-art, high-powered solar modules and to making them here in San Antonio."
CPS Energy works closely with Mission Solar and released a statement of their own:
“We appreciate the changes that Mission Solar Energy is working to address and remain positive about their ultimate goals to recalibrate their operations. The New Energy Economy, a partnership between CPS Energy and clean energy and technology companies, has collectively included multiple companies that have greatly impacted our community over the last four years in the form of promoting energy efficiency and renewable and clean power locally, as well as injecting time and money into our local school systems and community in the form of scholarships and charitable support.”
Another smaller solar company, Surcl Solar, says that their number of employees keeps going up.
"When we first started out in solar it went from about 20 to 25 then over time it's naturally grown," Surcl Solar owner Matt LeJune said.
Now, their company has 45 full-time employees.
The Chamber of Commerce is stressing that the San Antonio job market remains strong.
"It is not a good thing for one job to be lost but when you have a robust economy like this the hope is that they would find other employment quickly," said Richard Perez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Mission Solar says that the impacted employees will still be paid through the end of November and will keep their benefits through that date as well, on top of receiving severance packages and transition assistance.