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Big-Solar Owners Warn Patent Dispute Could Roil U.S. Sector

  • Con Ed says import ban could trigger ‘significant job losses’
  • Hanwha Q Cells filed dispute against JinkoSolar, Longi and REC
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Two of America’s biggest solar-farm owners are warning that a patent dispute between panel makers could roil a sector already shaken by President Donald Trump’s import tariffs.

NextEra Energy Inc. and Consolidated Edison Inc. said in filings that future solar development could be jeopardized if Hanwha Q Cells prevails in barring imports into the U.S. from rivals it says infringes its patents. Con Ed warned the move could trigger “significant job losses” in solar.