Volkswagen's 9.5MW solar system in...Tennessee!

Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN has a 9.5 megawatt solar system, the largest at an American auto factory and the largest solar installation in Tennessee.

At a dedication ceremony Wednesday, the German automaker flipped a giant light switch to signal the opening of the 33 acre Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park. The new solar park is expected to meet about 12.5 percent of the plant’s electricity needs during full production.

JA Solar, a leading Chinese manufacturer, is supplying the 33,600 solar modules. Phoenix Solar, the US subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG in Germany, is the developer.

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Dana Hull covers clean technology and energy policy for the San Jose Mercury News. She often writes about electric vehicles, the smart grid, the solar industry and California energy policy, from RPS goals to Gov. Jerry Brown's big dreams for distributed generation.