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Hanwha Qcells’ new Cartersville factory set for 3.3 GW of solar module production per year

May 17, 2024

Official launch of module production in Cartersville, Georgia in April will add 3.3 GW to annual U.S. solar capacity

Establishing itself as the largest crystalline silicon module manufacturer in the U.S., Hanwha will be the only company in North America to encompass all key solar supply chains

With the new facility, the company aims to strengthen its leading position in solar, increase its production capacity, and expand its business areas

Hanwha Qcells completed construction of its Cartersville factory in March.
Hanwha Qcells’ Cartersville factory in Georgia, U.S.

Hanwha Solutions Qcells Division (Hanwha Qcells), a global leader in complete clean energy solutions, has finalized the construction of a 3.3 gigawatt (GW) module production line at its Cartersville factory in Georgia, U.S. Following trial operations, the new line began the commercial manufacturing of modules in April, solidifying Hanwha Qcells’ position as the largest crystalline silicon solar module manufacturers in the U.S.


The Cartersville factory — one of the pillars of Hanwha Qcells’ U.S.-based integrated solar power production complex, the Solar Hub — plans to expand its annual manufacturing capacity of ingots, wafers, cells, and modules to 3.3 GW next year. The Dalton factory, another key axis of Solar Hub, completed its expansion at the end of last year, tripling module production capacity from 1.7 GW to 5.1 GW per year. The two factories will increase Hanwha Qcells’ total annual production capacity of modules to 8.4 GW — enough to generate the electricity required to power 1.3 million households in the U.S. for a year.


“With the successful commencement of module production at the Cartersville factory, Hanwha Qcells’ solar integrated production complex, Solar Hub, is taking shape at a steady pace,” said Justin Lee, CEO of Hanwha Qcells. “We will continue to enhance manufacturing capacity and expand into the renewable energy sector, reinforcing our leading position in key strategic markets, including the U.S.”


Once the Cartersville factory is fully operational in 2025, Hanwha will be the only company in North America to produce all the key components across the solar supply chain. With the new and expanded U.S. factories and more streamlined module manufacturing, Hanwha Qcells’ global annual production capacity will reach 3.3 GW of ingots and wafers, 12.2 GW of cells, and 11.2 GW of modules as of next year. The integrated production lines are expected to reduce logistics costs and improve efficiency.

Hanwha Qcells is set to be the only U.S. solar company to have its whole value chain at one location.
Inside Hanwha Qcells’ Cartersville factory in Georgia, U.S.

Hanwha Solutions became the largest shareholder of REC Silicon in 2022, and signed a 10-year purchase contract with the company to be supplied with polysilicon produced using hydropower-based clean energy. Hanwha Qcells will also receive encapsulant film ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) from the Hanwha Advanced Materials Georgia (HAGA) facility that is being built near its Cartersville factory.

Hanwha Solutions


Hanwha Solutions aims to deliver sustainable solutions for the planet through smart energy solutions and customer-focused materials. The company operates its business through three divisions: Qcells, Chemical, and Insight. The Qcells Division offers total energy solutions from photovoltaic module manufacturing, power plant operation to electricity retailing service. Long recognized as a prominent leader in the chemicals industry, the Chemical Division is growing into a global green energy materials company with its cutting-edge solutions for eco-friendly materials. The Insight Division is providing differentiated solutions through comprehensive development and financing for projects such as cities, smart green industrial complexes, renewable energy, premium real estate and premium content. With its innovative technologies for sustainable growth, Hanwha Solutions strives to become a global leader in bringing a better future for humanity.


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Hanwha Qcells


Hanwha Qcells (Hanwha Solutions Qcells division) is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells, and modules, a portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and a growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer Completely Clean Energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting, and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental, and residential markets.


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