Qcells has announced that its new 1.4-GW module assembly facility in the United States will be located near its existing 1.7-GW plant in Dalton, Georgia. The $171 million investment will support 470 new jobs, bringing Qcells’ total U.S. manufacturing jobs to more than 1,200.
“Our additional investment in Dalton will help Qcells better serve the needs of U.S. customers with increased local manufacturing capacity,” said Qcells CEO Justin Lee. “Georgia has become the clean energy manufacturing heart of America, and we are proud to contribute to the state’s advanced manufacturing economy.”
The groundbreaking for the new plant is planned for this fall, and solar panel production should begin as early as the first half of 2023, bringing Qcells’ total U.S. module capacity to 3.1 GW. The new site will use TOPCon solar cells made in Korea at a Qcells plant.
“I appreciate Qcells’ sustained and growing investment in Georgia and the working relationship we’ve built to create more jobs and opportunities for Georgians. I will continue working to make Georgia a world leader in renewable energy innovation and manufacturing,” said Senator Jon Ossoff.
Qcells retains the largest market share in the U.S. commercial and residential markets. According to the Wood Mackenzie Q1 2022 U.S. PV Leaderboard report, Qcells obtained 24.1 and 20.6% market shares in the residential and commercial sectors, respectively, in 2021. Qcells is also a major supplier to the utility-scale solar sector.