Yingli Green Energy Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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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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  • Report this Comment On September 19, 2011, at 6:36 PM, memoandstitch wrote:

    Solar power is not only more expensive than oil but also creates pollution. Isn't that funny?

  • Report this Comment On September 24, 2011, at 10:19 AM, fuzzywzhe wrote:

    SPWRA has a P/E ratio of 62 right now. That's what is recommended?

    This site is appropriately named.

    Chinese stocks have been hit, but they are profitable, and have reasonable P/E ratios. Even if they have over-stated earnings, they are a bargain compared to SunPower.

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