Volkswagen will spend about $30 million to build a 9.5 MW solar power facility next to its Chattanooga plant.
The solar park will supply more than 12 percent of the factory's power and be one of the largest solar facilities in the state, reports Mike Pare in Chattanooga's Times Free Press daily.
VW executives add it will be one of the largest private solar facilities in the region and the largest such project for the company worldwide.
According to Volkswagen, two companies will build and run the plant -- Phoenix Solar, a German business with U.S. headquarters in California, and Silicon Ranch Corp., which is based in Nashville.
Plans for the solar generation contributed to VW's LEED rating for the Chattanooga site.