Hanwha Q Cells is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. With a new US production facility coming up, it will have its module fabs in the US, China, Malaysia and South Korea. (Photo Credit: Hanwha Q Cells)
- Hanwha Q Cells has announced setting up a US based module manufacturing facility
- It will be located in Whitfield, Georgia, and is planned to have an annual production capacity exceeding 1.6 GW
- Construction is set to begin in 2018 and completion is scheduled for 2019
- Hanwha says the modules produced will serve both rooftop and ground mounted solar power projects in the US
South Korean module manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells will be building a solar module manufacturing facility in Whitfield, Georgia, US. The management has not shared the exact annual production capacity of this planned factory, but it confirms that it will exceed 1.6 GW annually.
Construction of the facility is set to begin in 2018 and scheduled to complete in 2019. It will supply high quality PERC modules to the rooftop and ground mounted projects in the US. The entire production from the US facility will be used by Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd., another affiliate of the Hanwha Group.
The company returned to profitability in Q1/2018 as it shut down unprofitable wafer production. However, during first quarter results, it had not shared any expansion plans for module production capacity. As of March 31, 2018, its module production capacity was 4.3 GW (see Hanwha Q Cells Back to Profitability In Q1). Its other production facilities are located in China, Malaysia and South Korea.
With this announcement, Hanwha has joined the ranks of its counterparts in Asia that have confirmed plans to set base in the US with a local production facility. Following US President Donald Trump’s imposition of trade duties on imported solar cells and modules, Asian manufacturers have been looking for a way out to remain connected to their US clientele (see Trump Slaps 30% Tariff On Imported Cells & Modules).
Several other new module factories planned in US
China’s JinkoSolar is working to set up a module factory in Florida’s Jacksonville with 400 MW annual production capacity (see 2.75 GW JinkoSolar US Modules For NextEra). The Taiwanese JV between NSP, Gintech and Solartech is also reportedly planning to establish 500 MW to 1,000 MW solar panel production facility in the US (see Taiwanese Cell Makers Plan US Module Fab).