GE Stumbles in Solar

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino and research analyst Lyons George discuss topics around the investing world. In today's edition, Isaac and Lyons discuss General Electric's decision to shelf plans for the world's largest solar-module factory in Colorado. Only nine months ago, GE Energy announced ambitious plans to plow forward into the renewable-energy market with a $600 million commitment to solar power and intentions to employ around 355 people near Denver. At the time, prices for solar panels were plummeting because of overcapacity, and now the company finds that trend will not subside. GE's abandoning its prior plans for at least 18 months in a market where margins are razor-thin because of fierce competition from China. In the following video, Isaac weighs in on the effect of this move on GE's portfolio.

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