The United States solar industry could be in for a rough patch, according to a keynote presentation during the PVAmerica conference in Boston. Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar, pointed to three risks on the horizon: the solar trade dispute between the U.S. and China, difficulties with the federal investment tax credit, and resistance from many electric utilities. “Ultimately, the value of solar will be determined in utility rate hearings across the country,” Clifford said. “To protect our interests, the solar industry must be present and well-prepared for hearings nationwide. Otherwise, utilities will eat our lunch.”
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