Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corporation (Hanwha Q CELLS Korea) announced that it will build a solar module manufacturing facility in the United States of America. Construction for the factory in Whitfield County, Georgia will commence in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. While the exact nameplate capacity of the new facility remains undisclosed, the company confirms that it will exceed 1.6 GW per year. The high quality modules manufactured by Hanwha Q CELLS Korea in the U.S. will be provided to Hanwha Q CELLS Co. Ltd. (Hanwha Q CELLS), which will have access to 100% of the facility’s production volume.
Maintaining a leading market position in the US
With the completion of the production facility in Georgia, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, together with Hanwha Q CELLS, another affiliate of Hanwha Group, will have manufacturing facilities in South Korea, Malaysia, China, and the U.S., at its disposal. The new manufacturing fab is testament to Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s commitment to the U.S. market, in spite of the recently imposed trade barriers. According to Solar Power Europe, the U.S. was the second largest solar market in 2017. Furthermore, the U.S market is also one of the most important markets for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea. Upon commencement of manufacturing activities in the U.S. fab, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will supply high quality PERC modules to the roof-top and ground-mounted segments in the U.S. As the U.S. market has traditionally been a market that valued performance and quality, the new plant is expected to enable Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to widen its customer base in the U.S.