VW adds 9.5MW of PV at US plant

Automotive group Volkswagen has flicked the on-switch at what it claims is the largest solar installation at a US car plant.

The 9.5MW PV array will supply more than 12% of the power used by VW’s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says the German company.

The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park uses 33,600 modules from China’s JA Solar to produce 13.1 GWh of power annually.

It is the biggest solar installation so far seen in the state of Tennessee, says VW, which makes its Passat model at the factory.

Developer Silicon Ranch will operate the solar plant and sell all the power produced to VW under a 20-year agreement.

The plant was built by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Phoenix Solar.