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Biden Push to Spur Solar Production Gets $2.5 Billion Boost

  • Hanwha Qcells to expand manufacturing capacity in Georgia
  • US still reliant on Chinese firms for much of its solar supply
Solar panel cells move along a conveyor prior to lamination and framing at the Hanwha Q Cells manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia, US.

Solar panel cells move along a conveyor prior to lamination and framing at the Hanwha Q Cells manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia, US.

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg
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Korean conglomerate Hanwha Solutions pledged to invest more than $2.5 billion in US solar manufacturing, a boost to the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce the nation’s dependence on China for its panel supply.

One of its units, Hanwha Qcells, plans to build a factory in Bartow County, Georgia, to make 3.3 gigawatts of solar ingots, wafers, cells and panels, the company said in a statement Wednesday. It also committed to assembling two gigawatts of modules at its factory site in the northwest part of the state, which is already the biggest panel plant in the Western Hemisphere.