NAMPA — Transform Solar, a solar energy company owned by Micron and Australia-based Origin Energy, announced it will cease its Idaho-based operations and reduce its workforce over the next three months.
The company currently employs more than 250 people. Daniel Francisco, a Micron spokesman, said the decision was made due to the challenging global economic climate and unfavorable worldwide supply and demand.
He said the solar market in general has been hit hard by international economic conditions.
Francisco said the company will offer severance packages and employees will have the opportunity to apply for jobs at Micron’s other locations in Boise, Utah and Virginia.
“The good news is some of those jobs will be absorbed in the Micron corporation so those people won’t be out of work,” Nampa Mayor Tom Dale said. “That’s what we hope will happen.”
Transform Solar was founded by Origin in 2001. It specializes in developing photovoltaic technology called SLIVER, which uses advanced semiconductors. Micron joined forces with Origin in 2009 and Francisco said Micron saw many synergies between the two companies to make a good partnership.