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As someone who works in the solar industry, I can certainly confirm that's true, and it has been for a few months now.
Between the Suniva trade case, and Rick Perry's DOE study aimed at blaming renewables for grid instability, things are very uncertain.
New projects have dropped off significantly since the end of last year, and everyone is extremely hesitant to sign new contracts.
 

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A few more details...
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/sd-fi-solar-trade-20170630-story.html

<In one corner is a bankrupt maker of solar panels from Georgia that says a flood of inexpensive imports from countries like China are hollowing out what’s left of solar’s manufacturing base in the U.S. and a global tariff needs to be imposed.

In the other corner is just about every other sector of the industry, saying a hike in the price of solar panels will lead to a dramatic downturn in sales that will result in thousands of lost jobs, especially in California.>

<Ironically, Suniva is largely owned by a panel maker based in Hong Kong, Shunfeng International Clean Energy, which bought nearly a two-thirds stake in the company in 2015.>
 

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The fun is just beginning. In California we will soon pay for extra for installing solar to our utilities.
The new tariff schedules are EV-unfriendly, and requirements to install are getting harder.
We used 22% less power last month under the old tariff from July 2016 but our electric bill went UP.
Why? SCE needs an income. If you use less power, they still need their money.

If you are going to do solar, do it soon. Many states follow Kalifornia's lead.
 

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The fun is just beginning. In California we will soon pay for extra for installing solar to our utilities.
The new tariff schedules are EV-unfriendly, and requirements to install are getting harder.
We used 22% less power last month under the old tariff from July 2016 but our electric bill went UP.
Why? SCE needs an income. If you use less power, they still need their money.

If you are going to do solar, do it soon. Many states follow Kalifornia's lead.
The real issue is how are we going to pay for the distribution infrastructure. We went through a similar issue with water a few years ago - Denver Water asked people to conserve and they did. Then they discovered they weren't bringing in enough revenue to pay for the upkeep on the distribution system.

Bottom line, if you truly want to avoid rate hikes, install sufficient solar to allow you to disconnect from the utility grid entirely.
 

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The real issue is how are we going to pay for the distribution infrastructure. We went through a similar issue with water a few years ago - Denver Water asked people to conserve and they did. Then they discovered they weren't bringing in enough revenue to pay for the upkeep on the distribution system.

Bottom line, if you truly want to avoid rate hikes, install sufficient solar to allow you to disconnect from the utility grid entirely.
In all honesty, we are still a long way from having to worry about that. The rate of residential solar penetration in most markets is still minuscule, and has little to no effect on the grid as a whole. Even when it gets to that point, utilities only need to modify net metering. In NH, starting next month, new customers will only receive about 80% credit for energy exported to the grid. That still makes it financially feasible to the customers, while maintaining maintenance revenue for the grid.

This trade case would have more off an effect on commercial and utility scale solar anyways. Panels only account for about 25% of residential solar cost, but closer to 50% of utility scale costs.
 

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The real issue is how are we going to pay for the distribution infrastructure. We went through a similar issue with water a few years ago - Denver Water asked people to conserve and they did. Then they discovered they weren't bringing in enough revenue to pay for the upkeep on the distribution system.

Bottom line, if you truly want to avoid rate hikes, install sufficient solar to allow you to disconnect from the utility grid entirely.
Unless you live in Florida, where it is illegal to be off the grid...:rolleyes:
https://realfarmacy.com/florida-makes-off-grid-living-illegal-mandates-all-homes-must-be-connected-to-an-electricity-grid/

States With Laws (and What They Are) About Living Off The Grid<---this article expands the definition of The Grid...:rolleyes:
http://tipsforsurvivalists.com/states-with-laws-and-what-they-are-about-living-off-the-grid
 

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... We went through a similar issue with water a few years ago - Denver Water asked people to conserve and they did...
We're going through mandated water conservation restrictions here as well. So much so that our water utility is foregoing the taxes on purchasing rainwater harvesting gear. I've installed ~5,000-gallons capacity. it's only been full twice since last October because our rainfall has been so sparse. See my signature for pictures in that link.
 

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Unless you live in Florida, where it is illegal to be off the grid...:rolleyes:
https://realfarmacy.com/florida-makes-off-grid-living-illegal-mandates-all-homes-must-be-connected-to-an-electricity-grid/

States With Laws (and What They Are) About Living Off The Grid<---this article expands the definition of The Grid...:rolleyes:
http://tipsforsurvivalists.com/states-with-laws-and-what-they-are-about-living-off-the-grid
The Florida case reported by realfarmacy.com missed an important detail. She was flushing her toilets into the grid but not paying to use this resource as it was tied to her non-paid water bill.
 

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The real issue is how are we going to pay for the distribution infrastructure. We went through a similar issue with water a few years ago - Denver Water asked people to conserve and they did. Then they discovered they weren't bringing in enough revenue to pay for the upkeep on the distribution system.
Spin it off to a distribution company that maintains that stuff. Unless you're as old fashioned as I am and think electric companies should be running transit systems... :D
 

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“The U.S. is literally strewn with the carcasses of shuttered solar manufacturing facilities,” said Matthew McConkey, an attorney representing Suniva. “Are we supposed to believe the almost 30 members of the domestic industry that have gone out of business over the last five years, all of them made bad decisions while companies in Korea (and other countries) were so brilliant? Please.”

For the last 10 years, the solar industry has commonly been referred to as "the wild west". There are literally hundreds of companies that have either gone bankrupt or been sold/acquired by other companies. This is a direct result of the serious competition in the market. The companies who don't innovate and don't expand, simply don't last.

Solar manufacturing in the US has fallen behind due to it's small scale. The plants in southern Asia dwarf even the largest in the US. The supply chain overseas is also more developed. Lack of investment from within the country (even the two parties in this case are majority owned by foreign companies), and lack of support from government is the reason we can't compete.

Investors and VCs in this country only want to put their money into sure things, and quick money makers. Chinese investors have invested in or bought up dozens of startups in this country. If we don't take risks, we will never improve.
 

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It's been well documented that the Chinese solar panel companies have multiple factories spread throughout east and southeast Asia in order to avoid existing US tariffs on solar panels. This was documented by the Obama administration during his first term.
 

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The U.S. is literally strewn with the carcasses of shuttered solar manufacturing facilities,” said Matthew McConkey, an attorney representing Suniva. “Are we supposed to believe the almost 30 members of the domestic industry that have gone out of business over the last five years, all of them made bad decisions while companies in Korea (and other countries) were so brilliant? Please.”

For the last 10 years, the solar industry has commonly been referred to as "the wild west". There are literally hundreds of companies that have either gone bankrupt or been sold/acquired by other companies. This is a direct result of the serious competition in the market. The companies who don't innovate and don't expand, simply don't last.

Solar manufacturing in the US has fallen behind due to it's small scale. The plants in southern Asia dwarf even the largest in the US. The supply chain overseas is also more developed. Lack of investment from within the country (even the two parties in this case are majority owned by foreign companies), and lack of support from government is the reason we can't compete.

Investors and VCs in this country only want to put their money into sure things, and quick money makers. Chinese investors have invested in or bought up dozens of startups in this country. If we don't take risks, we will never improve.
<Ironically, Suniva is largely owned by a panel maker based in Hong Kong, Shunfeng International Clean Energy, which bought nearly a two-thirds stake in the company in 2015.>
 

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<Ironically, Suniva is largely owned by a panel maker based in Hong Kong, Shunfeng International Clean Energy, which bought nearly a two-thirds stake in the company in 2015.>
This forum needs a "Like" button. So a Hong Kong company is trying to corner the US solar panel market by convincing the US to put tariffs on their competitor products being made in China.
 

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http://www.ocisolarpower.com/about/company-history/

This Korean company partnered with our local utility to produce panels here in San Antonio. They've been expanding according to them.
This is how the relationship began in 2012 and renewed later. http://www.expressnews.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/CPS-signs-new-agreement-with-OCI-Solar-Power-6572407.php?t=a370f16f2a9987dc40&cmpid=email-premium

Note: This should be the shared version that does not challenge you to login. If it does, I'll repost the entire article.
 
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