Volkswagen inaugurates 9.5 MW PV plant in Tennessee

The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park is the largest PV plant in the US state of Tennessee
The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park is the largest PV plant in the US state of Tennessee

On January 23rd, 2013 Volkswagen (Wolfsburg, Germany) has inaugurated a 9.5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its manufacturing facility in the US state of Tennessee, as the largest PV plant in the state.

The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park comprises 33,600 JA Solar multicrystalline silicon PV modules on an area of 13 hectares. Developer Silicon Ranch Corporation (Nashville, Tennessee, US) will sell the electricity generated to Volkswagen under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

"Today's 'Power Up' launch not only greatly enhances the energy efficiency of VW's Chattanooga plant and reaffirms its place as a true global environmental leader, but it also symbolizes the beginning of a new era in manufacturing operations throughout the region and worldwide," stated Silicon Ranch President and CEO Matthew Kisber.

"The scope of this solar park and the breadth of how much of the sun's energy will be harnessed here will most certainly have a powerful and lasting positive impact on both our environment and our economy."

 

First, only LEED Platinum auto factory

The PV plant will meet 12.5% of the energy needs of Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory during full production, and 100% during non-production periods.

Volkswagen notes that the plant is also the largest PV plant at any automobile manufacturing facility in the United States, and confirms the factory's LEED Platinum certificate. The Chattanooga factory is the first and only auto plant worldwide to earn LEED Platinum certification.

 

Phoenix Solar serves as EPC contractor

The PV modules at the plant are mounted on Unirac racking systems, and feed electricity to ten SMA inverters. Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany) provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the plant.

 

 

 

2013-01-24 | Courtesy: Volkswagen | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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