VW selected Silicon Ranch as its solar partner based on its ability to bring together TVA, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, and local government officials to agree on a unique approach toward achieving their sustainability objectives, as well as Silicon Ranch’s proven track record in successfully completing complex transactions. Solar is the most visible component of VW’s overall carbon reduction and energy strategy.

8 MWac
Project Size
Solar Panels
Solar Modules
66 Acre
Site Footprint

VW’s Chattanooga assembly plant is the first and only LEED® Platinum automotive manufacturing plant in the world to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. VW used large-scale, on-site generation to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

VW wins multiple environmental awards and the solar park becomes an integral part of the plant tours and brand marketing

This 8 MWac photovoltaic solar system was built in 2012 and provides 13.5 GWh annually to VW’s Chattanooga manufacturing and assembly plant. The ground mounted solar installation covers approximately 60 acres and uses over 33,000 solar panels to generate clean, renewable energy that supports VW’s “Think Blue” global sustainability commitment.

Direct feed allows VW to retain the environmental attributes associated with renewable energy production and market the benefits.

Read more about this project:

Times Free Press—”Volkswagen Eyeing Largest Solar Project in State”


A commitment to the environment and energy efficiency
“We are proud to power up the biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today. The solar park is another proof point of Volkswagen's worldwide commitment to environmental protection initiative to achieve more efficient use of energy, energy, materials, and water and produce less waste and emissions.”

-Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman, Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations

Project Partners

EPB - Chattanooga
Tennessee Valley Authority
Phoenix Solar