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What: Solar stocks are having another rough day today, and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE ) is dipping 10% along with many of the industry's leaders.
So what: The news out from Yingli is that one of the company's independent directors, who's also a member of its audit committee, has stepped down. But the bigger news came out of JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS ) , which shut down a plant after regulators found it may be polluting a river.
Now what: As if the solar industry needed another black eye after the Solynra debacle, now it looks like pollution should be a larger concern than originally anticipated. Residents protested during the weekend over dead fish in a nearby river.
If you needed another reason to stick with U.S. solar manufacturers, who hypothetically operate more stringent facilities, now would be a good time to consider them over Chinese manufacturers. First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR ) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA ) have long been this Fool's top pick out of solar manufacturers and should provide less risk than Chinese manufacturers.
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