Volkswagen Chattanooga Powers Up Largest Solar Park in

Volkswagen Chattanooga Powers Up Largest Solar Park in Tennessee 
CHATTANOOGA, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 --  Volkswagen of
America, Inc. 

--  Biggest solar installation at a U.S. auto factory is going into
--  Think Blue.Factory: 9.5 Megawatt solar system to provide 12.5 per-cent
    of electric energy to Volkswagen's LEED Platinum-certified
    manufacturing plant in Chattanooga
--  Silicon Ranch, Phoenix Solar partner to build and operate Volkswagen
    Chattanooga Solar Park

Volkswagen today "powered up" the largest single solar installation at
an automotive manufacturing facility in the United States and the
biggest solar installation in the state of Tennessee. At a dedication
ceremony here, dignitaries today flipped a giant light switch to
signal the official opening of the "Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar
Park," built on Volkswagen's compound in Chattanooga.  
The solar installation at Volkswagen Chattanooga confirms the
awarding of the highly-coveted LEED Platinum certification to VW by
the U.S. Green Building Council in late 2011. At that time, the
Building Council called the Chattanooga manufacturing facility "the
world's greenest auto plant" and noted it was the first automotive
manufacturing plant in the world to receive the top LEED
certification. Today, the Chattanooga plant remains the only auto
plant worldwide to earn the LEED Platinum certification.  
The Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park occupies 33 acres, or half of
the 66-acre land parcel adjacent to VW's state-of-the-art
manufacturing plant. The solar park contains 33,600 solar modules
from JA Solar designed to produce 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity
per year -- equivalent to the energy consumed annually by around
1,200 homes in the area.  
The electricity produced from the solar park is expected to meet
12.5% of the energy needs of Volkswagen's Chattanooga manufacturing
plant during full production and 100% during non-production periods.
The plant covers 1.9 million square feet and employs more than 3,000
people who manufacture the highly-acclaimed Volkswagen Passat sedan.
For Volkswagen, the solar park in Chattanooga will rank as the
automaker's largest photovoltaic installation worldwide. 
Unlike some companies that install solar facilities in order to sell
electricity back to utilities, VW will consume 100% of the
electricity generated from the polycrystalline solar modules mounted
on a Unirac racking system. Ten SMA inverters will convert the solar
energy from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) to be
used to power the electrical installations in the manufacturing
Silicon Ranch (, which develops and operates
solar energy solutions tailored to meet its customers' needs, will
own the solar park and sell the electricity to Volkswagen under a
20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Phoenix Solar Inc.
(, the U.S. subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG
(, provided engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC) services in building the solar park over the last
six months.  
Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Group of America,
Chattanooga Operations LLC, said, "We are proud to power up the
biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today.
The solar park is another proof point of Volkswagen's worldwide
commitment to environmental protection under its 'Think Blue.'
Factory' philosophy, a broadly focused initiative for all Volkswagen
plants to achieve more efficient use of energy, materials and water
and produce less waste and emissions." Mr. Fischer added, "Powering
up the solar park also validates the awarding of the LEED Platinum
certificate to Volkswagen Chattanooga, which is still the only car
factory in the world that has earned such an honor." 
Matthew Kisber, Silicon Ranch President and CEO, said, "We're proud
to partner with VW on this important project. Today's 'Power Up'
launch not only greatly enhances the energy efficiency of VW's
Chattanooga plant and reaffirms its place as a true global
environmental leader, but it also symbolizes 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." 
Dr. Murray Cameron, Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix Solar AG and
President of U.S.-based Phoenix Solar Inc., said, "Phoenix Solar Inc.
is extremely proud to have designed and built the largest solar
electric photovoltaic (PV) plant in Tennessee for such a prominent
global company. This project adds to our extensive list of
large-scale solar installations across Europe, the Middle East and
North America which are supplying cost-effective and clean
electricity to a vast variety of commercial companies and utilities."
Dr. Cameron added, "What is particularly unique and exciting about
this solar power plant is that Volkswagen has coupled clean
electricity with energy efficiency measures in the factory to
showcase how industry can make an immediate and positive contribution
to protecting the environment." 
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About Volkswagen Chattanooga 
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the
Chattanooga plant and has created more than 5,000 jobs in the region.
According to independent studies, the Volkswagen plant is expected to
generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs
related to its investment. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility
builds the all-new 2012 Passat Sedan, specially designed for the
North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car
of the Year award. In 2012, it has produced more than 152,400
Volkswagen Passats. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first and still
only car factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is
also certified according to ISO 14001 for its environmental
management system and according to ISO 50001 for its energy
management system. 
About Silicon Ranch  
Silicon Ranch Corporation ("Silicon Ranch") develops and operates
large-scale solar facilities. Silicon Ranch is distinguished from
other developers by its ability to deliver a green energy solution
that addresses the environmental, business and workforce issues
associated with successfully expanding solar capacity and green jobs.
Silicon Ranch has gained prominence as a low-cost producer of solar
energy by focusing on creating efficiencies through every step of the
deployment process, thereby increasing capital investments in clean
About Phoenix Solar 
Founded in 1999, Phoenix Solar is a global leader in the design,
construction, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic power
plants, having installed or sold more than one gigawatt of capacity.
The company's technology-neutral approach allows us to objectively
provide the best solar solutions for our customers. Phoenix Solar
Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG, headquartered
in Sulzemoos near Munich, Germany ( For
more information about Phoenix Solar Inc., please visit 
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Phoenix Solar Inc.
Bruce Entin
Phoenix Solar AG
Andrea Wegner
Tel.: +49 8135 938 313 
Silicon Ranch
Matthew Kisber 
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