Solarcycle officials say the new facility will position the company as one of the first manufacturers of specialized glass for crystalline-silicon photovoltaics in the U.S.

A solar panel glass recycling company will open a new plant in Cedartown, Georgia. The facility will be the first in the U.S. to use recycled materials from retired solar panels to make new solar glass. Solarcycle officials announced the company plans to invest an estimated $344 million in the project. The move will create 600 new full-time jobs.

Officials say the new facility will position the company as one of the first manufacturers of specialized glass for crystalline-silicon photovoltaics in the U.S., with the capacity to make five to six gigawatts worth of solar glass annually. The glass will be sold directly back to domestic solar manufacturers and fill a critical gap in the country’s supply chain, allowing the building of more solar panels in America.

“There is no question that solar panel manufacturing is booming in Georgia,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO and co-founder. “We are thrilled to join the team and build our recycled solar glass plant in Cedartown, which will bring hundreds of good-paying jobs to Georgia and help the industry in its goals to build fully American-made clean energy solutions.”

The facility will be located at Cedartown North Business Park, a certified Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site. The plant, which will be the first of Solarcyles’ facilities to manufacture glass in addition to recycling solar panels, is scheduled to begin construction in 2024 and will be operational in 2026. The move will create full-time manufacturing, engineering, management, research and design jobs and support staff.

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