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.
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“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