Green energy supporters in the U.S. who also support local economies have always been conscious of the fact that the majority of solar panels in the country are imported. They had an uneasy choice presented before them: choose green energy or support the local economy? What’s more, the imported solar panels were cheaper than the locally sourced solar panels too, tilting the balance in favor of foreign players.
Thankfully things are changing. Anti-dumping duties and tariffs have leveled the playing field again. In short, solar panel manufacturing is making a comeback in the U.S.
Hanwha Solutions, the maker of QCells Solar Panels and one of the biggest names in the solar industry, has set up a full-fledged manufacturing plant right here in Dalton, Georgia. What’s more, they just announced a major expansion to their manufacturing capacity at their plant.
QCells solar panels, renowned for the quality, durability, and energy production efficiency of their solar solutions, just became more affordable than ever.
That’s not all though. On-shoring solar panel manufacturing offers several other advantages too.
Superior Quality Control
When the manufacturer is located halfway around the world, it’s difficult to impose stringent quality guidelines on them. When closer home, stricter quality controls ensure that homeowners get high-quality solar panels that last several decades without suffering huge losses in energy generation efficiency.
Supports Local Economy
Solar panel manufacturing is a technology-intensive industry. Specialized skills and equipment are employed in the production of PV cells. This translates to a significant boost to the job economy, especially among highly skilled job seekers. Further down the supply chain, numerous low-skilled jobs are created in the process too.
Interestingly, QCells is establishing a fully integrated solar panels manufacturing supply chain in the U.S., paving the way for a revolution that will create countless more jobs for both blue-collar and white-collar job seekers.
Supply Chain Reliability
Supply chain disruptions arising out of wars, pandemics, and even trade wars can have a huge impact on the supply of solar panels when they are manufactured offshore. By moving production back home, their supply can be guaranteed to consumers.