Hanwha’s Q Cells will invest $2.6bn in Georgia to create initial US manufacturing capacity for silicon ingots, and solar wafers and cells, and more than double production of modules in the state to 8.4GW a year.

The new facilities in Cartersville located 68km (42 miles) northwest of Atlanta will create a supply chain able to support 3.3GW of solar panels a year, while an existing factory in Dalton, 125km northwest of the capital, will expand module-making capacity by 2GW to 5.1GW