Solar Trade Case, With Trump As Arbiter, May Want To Upend Market

Prices for solar panels have increased as buyers rush to get ahead of potential tariffs.
“Grid parity is of the utmost importance, so that we are competing on price and price alone,” Abigail Ross Hopper, chief executive of the solar trade group, said.
But the much larger Chinese manufacturers that came to dominate the global market kept up the pressure on price.
In 2014, SolarWorld Americas, based in Oregon, announced a $10 million expansion of its plant and plans to hire hundreds more workers to meet surging demand for solar panels.
Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe petition seeks steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees on certain solar energy equipment made outside the United States.

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