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Solar Trade Probe Threatens U.S. Projects, Developers Say

  • Commerce Department to decide by March 25 on investigation
  • California company alleges Chinese manufacturers skirt tariffs
A worker solders solar cell modules at a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A worker solders solar cell modules at a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

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A potential Commerce Department probe of solar imports from Southeast Asia has the potential to freeze investment in the U.S., industry leaders warned Tuesday.

The agency is set to decide by March 25 whether to formally investigate if solar products from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia circumvent longstanding solar tariffs. A probe could expose the imports to retroactive duties, the Solar Energy Industries Association said Tuesday.