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Solar plant in Georgia boosts renewable energy

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Global warming is becoming a bigger conversation by the day. As catastrophic weather events are becoming more frequent, gas prices skyrocketing, people are looking for alternatives to power, and ways to combat warming.

In the US, the Biden administration signed “an executive order to make the federal government carbon-neutral by 2050, aiming for a 65 percent reduction in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and an all-electric fleet of car and trucks five years later.”

On a private level, companies like Q Cells are helping expand the solar capability in the US.

Q Cells is a solar cell manufacturer based in Seoul that already had a solar manufacturing place in Dalton, Georgia, and recently they announced an expansion on that plant. The expansion will cost $171 million and will nearly double Q Cells’ solar capability in the US from 1.7 gigawatts to 3.1 gigawatts.

“Georgia has become the clean energy manufacturing heart of America, and we are proud to contribute to the state’s advanced manufacturing economy,” said Qcells CEO, Justin Lee. 

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Georgia senator Jon Ossoff has been actively meeting with Q Cells and has been pitching to expand their work in the US and specifically Georgia.

“I appreciate Qcells’ sustained and growing investment in Georgia and the working relationship we’ve built to create more jobs and opportunities for Georgians,” Ossoff said. "I will continue working to make Georgia a world leader in renewable energy innovation and manufacturing."

The Q Cells expansion will be finished in fall this year.

Beyond the Q Cells manufacturing plant, in another part of Georgia, WeSolar CSP, a renewable energy tech and design company, is designing a solar farm. The solar farm will be in Washington Georgia and will be replacing the city’s natural gas.

Inspired to act?

SUPPORT: Check out RE-Volv. They’re a non-profit that funds solar projects. 

VOLUNTEER: RE-Volv offers volunteering projects – find out what opportunities might suit you. 

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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