published Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

VW begins work on state’s largest solar park

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Workers today mounted the first panel on what will be the largest solar park in Tennessee at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant site.

Projected to cost about $30 million, the 33,600 solar panels will be built by Phoenix Solar on the 65-acre site just north of the German automaker’s assembly plant at Enterprise South industrial park.

Thilo Brockhaus, VW’s manager of construction, said the solar array is expected to produce power late this year.

The solar park is expected to produce 12.5 percent of all the energy needed for the massive factory, according to VW.

The system is to generate 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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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