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Over 500 solar jobs and $150M investments coming to Georgia

Over 500 solar jobs coming to Georgia.

The carpet and flooring industry have long been a mainstay in one Georgia county for many years.

On Wednesday, Whitfield County, GA (Dalton) was selected to be the manufacturing site for a popular solar panel company, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea.

The South Korean business is expected to bring over 525 jobs to the area with an investment of $150 million over the next three years to the Dalton, GA area.  Hanwha Q CELLS is making the Georgia city their first U.S. location.

The company is planning to locate in the local business park and the workforce development assets help attract the South Korean company to Whitfield County.

According to a report in Greentech Media, MJ Shiao, a global leader in renewable and emerging technologies, believe that President Trump’s appeared to be playing a role in enticing more U.S.-based solar productivity. However, Shiao remains skeptical of how effective the Trump’s tariff polices will be at creating a healthy solar market in the U.S.

Many manufacturers will certainly explore building manufacturing capacity in the United States, but a combination of timing, market factors, and the tariffs themselves will put an end to most of these schemes. – MJ Shiao

According to a press release from the South Korean company, the Georgia plant is part of a larger, world strategy. The solar company is expected to receive over $15 million in land and tax incentives.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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