Direct Energy to lay off 108 Maryland employees

Direct Energy, a Houston-based natural gas and electricity retailer, will lay off 108 of its employees in Columbia, according to a notice it provided to the state on Tuesday.

The layoffs come as the company “is changing its business model to move away from being a residential solar installer,” Direct Energy officials said in a statement. The statement said the company would continue to provide maintenance for the solar installations on existing customers’ homes.

The company will “instead focus on developing innovative residential solar solutions, such as community solar and energy storage as we also grow our commercial solar business,” the statement said. “We will continue to give our commercial and industrial customers more choices and solutions to manage their energy with a range of service capabilities, including solar design and installation, operations and maintenance, and distributed energy resource options. … These changes will enable us to concentrate on scaling our capabilities in community solar, storage, operations and maintenance to meet the changing needs of our customers.”

The company could not immediately said what percentage of its Maryland workforce the 108 layoffs represented. The company has 6,200 employees across the country, according to its website.

The layoffs will take place by September.

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