Volkswagen is going green in a big way, establishing the largest single solar installation at an automotive manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The 9.5-megawatt solar system has been powered up and provides 12.5 percent of electric energy to the German automaker’s LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant in Chattanooga. It is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the top LEED certification.
The Solar Park spans across 33 acres and will produce 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. Silicon Ranch will own the solar park and sell the electricity to Volkswagen as part of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.
“We are proud to power up the biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC. “The solar park,” he said, “is another proof point of Volkswagen’s worldwide commitment to environmental protection under its ‘Think Blue. Factory’ philosophy, a broadly focused initiative for all Volkswagen plants to achieve more efficient use of energy, materials and water and produce less waste and emissions.” Mr. Fischer added, “Powering up the solar park also validates the awarding of the LEED Platinum certificate to Volkswagen Chattanooga, which is still the only car factory in the world that has earned such an honor.”
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