Earlier this month, Q CELLS marked the grand opening of its Dalton, GA facility, which it says is the largest solar panel manufacturing factory in the Western Hemisphere. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jeffrey Kessler, local officials, regional economic development groups and company leaders including Q CELLS CEO Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim were in attendance.
The 300,000 square foot facility, which employs 650 local workers, is capable of producing up to 1.7 GW of solar module capacity per year, according to QCELLS. The company said that it will produce 12,000 Q CELLS panels annually, making the Southern United States the leading regional source of solar demand for each of the next five years.
Governor Kemp said the facility makes Dalton and northwest Georgia “a hub for the manufacturing of clean, renewable energy sources.”
Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, CEO, Q CELLS said the company “believes in the U.S. market and is dedicated to increasing the strength of American solar manufacturing in Georgia, for the benefit of our customers around the country.”
Q CELLS invested nearly $200 million to build this facility with the express purpose of serving the U.S. market.