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Manufacturer closing Phoenix solar technology plant; 89 jobs lost

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PHOENIX — Swiss-based power-technology manufacturing firm ABB has decided to close its Phoenix solar-technology manufacturing plant.

The plant, which makes solar inverters for residential and commercial solar panels, will be laying off 89 employees as operations relocate to Europe.

The company reported the mass layoff of the plant’s workers to the state in a letter, obtained by KJZZ.

The letter outlined the shutdown would take place from Aug. 31 to Dec. 31 in four phases. There are 200 workers at the facility.

A company spokeswoman told the Phoenix Business Journal that some sales and service operations will remain after closure.

The plant’s operations will be moved to Latvia and Italy by November.

Solar inverters are used to turn direct current from the energy absorbed by the solar panels into alternating current that can then be used in an electrical grid or an off-grid electrical network.

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