Volkswagen Powers Chattanooga Auto Plant With The Sun
Courtesy of Pat Byington,Â The Green RegisterÂ Editor
A few years ago, when the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee landed the highly-sought-after Volkswagen (VW) auto plant, one of the cityâ€™s advantages was its commitment to the environment.
Last week Volkswagen lived up to Chattanoogaâ€™s â€śgreenâ€ť reputation by opening the largest solar park dedicated to an auto plant in the U.S.
The numbers are quite impressive. Occupying 33 acres on a 66-acre tract next to the VW factory, the 33,600-panel solar farm, cost $25 million to build and is a 9.5 megawatt system. It will meet 12.5 percent of VWâ€™s energy needs during full production and all of its non-production periods. The plant, which makes the Passat sedan, employs about 3200 workers.
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