Today, the solar manufacturer Qcells announced a $171 million expansion of their Dalton facility, adding an estimated 470 new jobs
Groundbreaking for the new building (located near the existing facility) is expected this fall, operation expected in the first half of 2023
Senator Reverend Warnock has worked diligently on the federal level championing policies like his Solar Energy Manufacturing for America legislation to encourage this type of investment, job growth at Qcells and other clean energy companies
In June, the Senator visited the facility and met with local workers, leaders on his Jobs for Georgia tour
Senator Reverend Warnock: “I’m thrilled that after months of behind-the-scenes work, Qcells has decided to expand its presence in Georgia.”
Qcells CEO, Justin Lee: “We are grateful for Senator Warnock’s leadership and commitment to growing this critical industry in Georgia and across the United States.”
Washington, D.C. — Today, after working on the federal level to champion policies that encourage clean energy investments and job growth, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) applauded Qcells’announcement of an expansion of their Dalton facility, which will create an estimated 470 new jobs in Whitfield County. The $171 million investment from Qcells will bring the company’s employee total in Georgia to over 1,000.
“Every day I’m working to make Georgia’s economy and workforce as strong as possible, and urge companies to invest and grow jobs in our state,” said Senator Reverend Warnock.“I’m thrilled that after months of behind-the-scenes work, Qcells has decided to expand its presence in Georgia. I’ll continue working closely with Qcells to incentivize solar production and encourage additional economic investments that create good-paying jobs, in North Georgia and every corner of our state.”
Last year, Senator Warnock introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, legislation which would create tax incentives for every step of the domestic solar manufacturing supply chain and create new jobs for Georgians at facilities like Qcells —supporting American energy independence, and accelerating the nation’s transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Additionally, last September, the Senator urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to close loopholes in the federal solar procurement process to better support American solar manufacturers. These federal efforts have helped pave the way for companies like Qcells to thrive in Georgia.
“Qcells is thrilled to announce an expansion of our solar module manufacturing investment in Dalton, Georgia,” said Qcells CEO, Justin Lee. “We are grateful for Senator Warnock’s leadership and commitment to growing this critical industry in Georgia and across the United States. His robust support for policies to grow the U.S. clean energy manufacturing sector will ensure this industry can expand, create more good-paying jobs, and thrive over the decades to come.”
Groundbreaking for the new building (located near the existing facility) is expected this fall and operation expected in the first half of 2023.