Under the developer Summit Ridge Energy deal, Qcells will deliver 2.5 million solar panels, producing enough renewable energy to feed 140,000 households and businesses, especially those in underprivileged neighborhoods.
Summit Ridge Energy, a developer, and Hanwha Qcells, a module manufacturer, said they have agreed to acquire 1.2 GW of Qcells modules to be used for Summit Ridge Energy projects. This would be the most significant supply agreement for the U.S. community solar market.
Harris highlighted that community solar allows renters and individuals without access to rooftop solar to benefit from sustainable energy while saving an average of 10% per year.
The announcement is just the latest in a series of bets on Georgia’s future that are being made in the state’s renewable energy sector.
Last week, both ABB and Kia announced significant investments in sustainable energy and electric vehicles in Georgia, with the latter mainly crediting the Inflation Reduction Act for inspiring the former.
According to Harris’s office, the energy created by the directive would be sufficient to provide 140,000 homes with electricity.
While Harris did not name any specific political opponents, White House officials did so to draw contrast between the Democratic Party’s efforts to advance sustainable energy and the Republican Party’s uniform rejection of the climate bill.
To halve U.S. carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, the Biden administration is relying primarily on developing renewables such as solar and wind power and electric cars.
Last week, Kia announced that its West Point, Georgia, factory will produce its 2024 electric SUV.
The U.S. solar energy sector has been loud in recent months, urging the Biden administration to end a probe against numerous Southeast Asian producers of solar panel components accused of evading taxes on Chinese imports.
The principal trade body for the sector, the Solar Energies Industry Association, has warned that the taxes and probe may have a devastating effect on US solar capacity.