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Qcells to more than double production in Georgia, create 2,500 new jobs

Christian Fernsby |
Qcells will invest more than $2.5 billion to expand its solar module manufacturing operations in Georgia.

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Qcells will build a new facility in Cartersville and add a third facility to its Dalton location, creating more than 2,500 new jobs in northwest Georgia.

These investments are expected to bring Qcells' total solar panel production capacity in Georgia to 8.4 gigawatts by 2024.

In 2019, Qcells opened the largest solar panel manufacturing facility in the Western Hemisphere in Dalton, Georgia.

The 1.7-gigawatt solar panel manufacturing facility has continued to expand since then and now supports more than 700 jobs in Whitfield County.

Qcells is expected to increase the number of employees in Georgia to more than 4,000 by the end of 2024.

Qcells will construct a new manufacturing facility located at Highland 75 Corporate / Industrial Park, a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified site in Bartow County.

The new, state-of-the-art facility will manufacture 3.3 gigawatts of solar ingots, wafers, cells, and finished panels.

The new facility will create approximately 2,000 new jobs for the region. Qcells expects to break ground at the Cartersville site in the first quarter of 2023.

Due to the company's rapid growth, Qcells will also add a new facility adjacent to the company's existing plant at 300 Nexus Drive in Dalton. With its third Whitfield County facility, the company will create 510 new jobs and add another 2 gigawatts of production capability.

The solar industry has experienced an average annual growth rate of 33 percent for the last decade, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Supply chain challenges disrupted that growth in 2022, with a 23 percent decline in installations compared to 2021.

Qcells plans to reduce future supply chain barriers in the solar industry by building a comprehensive value chain in the United States.

In Georgia, net electricity generation from renewable sources has increased by more than 93 percent since 2009, and the state's electricity mix currently consists of 13.6 percent renewable energy. Over 4 percent of the state's electricity now comes from solar power.


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