- A global photovoltaic manufacturer on Friday opened the largest solar manufacturing plant in the western hemisphere, citing the Trump administration’s import tariffs as critical to its decision to build.
- The plant is located in Georgia and will produce 12,000 solar panels a day along with 1.7 GW of module capacity annually, according to manufacturerHanwha Q Cells. Approximately 80% of U.S. solar panels were imported in 2017, with the majority of those imports coming from Asian countries, causing concern among solar developers and advocates that the president’s tariffs would drive prices up and hurt the domestic market.
- Hanwha Q Cells “long had wanted” to build panels in the U.S., which is the company’s largest market, Scott Moskowitz, director of strategy and market intelligence at Hanwha Q Cells North America told Utility Dive in an email. “The tariffs were the tipping point for us in deciding to build a factory.” The solar industry maintains, however, that the administration’s tariffs have slowed sector growth overall.