Solar Eclipsed

U.S. solar manufacturers decry unfair Chinese competition, but tariffs could trigger a destructive trade war

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Rising sun. Solar installations are proliferating in the U.S., but many of the panels come from China

It seems like boom times for U.S. solar. With demand skyrocketing, about $11 billion worth of solar power is set to be installed this year, and more than five times that amount is coming down the pike. Solar is employing 100,000 Americans, a number that rose by 7% last year even as overall employment barely grew at all.

But even as solar power thrives in the U.S., many think the business could be growing faster--and creating more American jobs--if it weren't for alleged foul play by China, the country's biggest solar rival. "The Chinese are eating our lunch," said Michigan Representative...

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