Car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has opened what it says is the largest solar installation in Tennessee, USA, to provide power to its Chattanooga factory.
The 9.5MW system was developed by solar company Silicon Ranch, which will continue to own and operate the plant, and sell the power it produces to VW under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
VW said the plant was the largest solar installation at a US car factory and would provide the plant with 12.5% of its electricity needs during peak production periods.
The installation occupies around 13.5 hectares and comprises 33,600 JA Solar modules. It will produce around 13GW/h of electricity per year.
Matthew Kisber, Silicon Ranch President and Chief Executive, said: “[This project] symbolises the beginning of a new era in manufacturing operations throughout the region and worldwide.
“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.”