published Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Volkswagen turns on Tennessee's largest solar park in Chattanooga

Volkswagen powered up its new solar park Wednesday morning.
Volkswagen powered up its new solar park Wednesday morning.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Volkswagen today powered up its new solar park at its Chattanooga factory, the largest such facility at a U.S. auto plant.

Frank Fisher, chief executive of Volkswagen's operations in Chattanooga, said the solar park is "another proof point of Volkswagen's worldwide commitment to environmental protection."

The 9.5 megawatt solar system will provide 12.5 percent of the plant's electric needs. The solar park, estimated to cost about $25 million, occupies 33 acres next to the VW factory.

The solar park contains 33,600 solar modules, according to VW.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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