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Solar trade case, with Trump as arbiter, could upend market

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Technicians installing solar panels in Miami last year. A glut of low-cost supplies from overseas has driven down the price of the panels, making it difficult for American manufacturers to compete. /Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

By Diane Cardwell | The New York Times

Millions of Americans now get their electricity, at least in part, from the solar panels that have rapidly spread throughout the country since 2010, thanks to their sharply declining cost. For customers — including homeowners, businesses and utilities — as well as for the companies that promote and install them, cheap solar panels have been a good thing.

But for American manufacturers, those cheap panels — specifically, a glut of low-cost supplies from overseas — have not been a good thing, driving more than a dozen of them to the brink of bankruptcy and beyond.

Now, manufacturers are fighting back, in an unusual trade case that could put the final decision about government intervention, and any remedy, directly in President Trump’s hands.

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