NRG Energy Inc. has given workers notice that it is laying off 65 employees in its New Jersey-based home solar unit.NRG Energy Inc. has given workers notice that it is laying off 65 employees in its New Jersey-based home solar unit.
The changes are part of a nationwide overhaul of the NRG Home Solar unit first announced last May, NRG said.
“We made some changes to our Home Solar business model to become an energy integrator of solar services, leveraging partners, rather than a vertically integrated solar provider,” the company said in a statement emailed to NJBIZ. “In May 2016, we made a commitment to both our employees and our investors that we would restructure this business to be a profitable one — consistent with what we expect from all of our businesses.
“After significant improvements and a diligent assessment, we have determined that the best way to achieve that commitment is to pivot to this new business model.”
An NRG spokesman said the company has not exited the home solar business.
The federal WARN notice issued to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicated that affected employees include installers, inspectors and service technicians, among others.
NRG Energy is headquartered in Princeton and Houston. NRG Home Solar’s New Jersey operations are based in Wall.