Qcells Supplier Opening Manufacturing Facility In Georgia, Investing $147 Million And Creating Over 160 Jobs

On Thursday, Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that Hanwha Advanced Materials Georgia, Inc. (HAGA), a manufacturer of materials for sustainable technology, will be opening a new manufacturing facility in Cartersville, which is expected to create more than 160 new jobs and invest an estimated $147 million.

“Georgia is leading the nation in attracting next generation jobs,” said Kemp. “Since we first welcomed Qcells to our state in 2018, we’ve announced more than 4,000 related jobs for hardworking Georgians. We’re proud that Hanwha Advanced Materials is adding to that growing number as it becomes a valued member of the Bartow County community.”

HAGA is a subsidiary of Hanwha Group and will supply encapsulant film to Qcells, which is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies. The materials are used in solar cells to ensure longevity. 

“The products we make are an important piece of the clean energy supply chain puzzle, and we are excited to meet this need,” said Inhwan Kim, CEO of Hanwha Advanced Materials. “Building our cutting-edge, advanced materials in Georgia will not only create new careers in solar but help bring more affordable, reliable clean energy to customers across the country.”

According to a press release from Kemp’s office, as “a Top Ten state for solar energy production, solar photovoltaic is the fastest-growing source of energy in Georgia, which the Solar Energy Industries Association ranked seventh by cumulative solar capacity in 2022. Georgia’s energy solutions providers are helping to accelerate the development of renewable energy products by lowering risks, reducing costs, providing access to innovative industry research, and investing in a superior infrastructure network.”

“To reduce supply-chain barriers to the growth of the solar industry, companies like Qcells are dedicated to building a comprehensive solar value chain in the U.S. In January Qcells announced it would expand its solar panel production capacity in Georgia to 8.4 gigawatts, 3.3 gigawatts of which will be manufactured at the Bartow County facility by 2024,” the press release added. 

“Qcells is doubling down on building a complete, domestic solar supply chain, and this recent investment is critical to making that happen,” said HG Park, President of Qcells North America. “Working with Hanwha Advanced Materials, our customers will soon be able to confidently know that the solar they buy from us was made right here in America.”

D & B Staff

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