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Why Trump shouldn’t revel in latest US solar manufacturing expansions

Hanwha Q CELLS became the latest company to make a gigawatt-scale manufacturing commitment in the US. However, no overseas firm has committed any new cell capacity, suggesting the longer term value to the US economy is likely less than hoped.

The Korean firm will open a 1.6GW module plant in Georgia adding that it will look to exploit the 2.5GW tariff-free cell quota that is built into President Trump’s Section 201 trade tariffs.

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