The largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere opened in Dalton, Georgia on September 20.

Q CELLS' new factory created 650 local jobs and aims to produce 1.7 GW of solar module capacity, which the company says is nearly equivalent to the peak power output of the Hoover Dam.

Q CELLS says they invested $200 million into the 300,000 square foot facility to satisfy a growing demand for solar power in the U.S.

The grand opening was attended by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jeffrey Kessler, local officials, regional economic development groups and Q CELLS' company leaders.

“Dalton and northwest Georgia are now a hub for the manufacturing of clean, renewable energy sources," Governor Kemp said, "I thank Q CELLS for their investment in this community and the opportunities that hundreds of hardworking Georgians will now have thanks to the local production of best-in-class solar. We’re very proud that Q CELLS is making Georgia their home.”