Anti-Dumping Tariff: Could This Kill Solar?

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Solar energy can be purchased around grid parity, allowing the industry to make significant strides in market share. However, prices may be soaring in the near term as the United States has imposed a 31% anti-dumping tariff on Chinese solar-panel makers in an attempt to slow down Chinese imports that the U.S. Commerce Department has ruled are being sold significantly under production costs. While this move is intended to help U.S. solar manufacturers compete against foreign companies, it could have serious unintended consequences that could burn both foreign and domestic companies. Watch the video below to see if this tariff will remain for the long term, or if it's a political move to strong-arm the Chinese government.

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