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While solar-power industry leaders benefit from knowing government support for their energy will last through 2016, no such assurance is on the horizon for the wind sector.

Even though many thought the credit eventually would be extended, the uncertainty had already begun to take its toll.

“Layoffs had already begun, as companies idled factories because of a lack of orders for 2013,” the AWEA said in a statement, just after the fiscal cliff deal was passed.

This article is based in part on wire-service reports.