South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp. today said it will begin building a solar module manufacturing facility in the U.S. this year.
The company said that the factory, which will be located in Whitfield County, Georgia, and will supply PERC modules for rooftop and ground-mounted markets, is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
Hanwha did not disclose the exact nameplate capacity of the new facility, but did say that it will exceed 1.6 GW per year. The modules manufactured by Hanwha Q CELLS Korea in the U.S. will be provided to Hanwha Q CELLS Co. Ltd., another affiliate of Hanwha Group.
In a company statement, Hanwha noted that the plan to build the facility demonstrates the company’s commitment to the U.S. market in spite of solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in January. Hanwha said the U.S. market is “one of the most important” for the company.
The news follows announcements earlier this year from JinkoSolar and First Solar that they will build new solar manufacturing in the U.S. JinkoSolar in March said it plans to build a 400-MW solar module manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida. And First Solar in April said it will build a 1.2-GW solar module manufacturing plant near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio, plant.
Lead image credit: Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp.