EPA Recognizes Volkswagen Chattanooga With a Green Power Leadership Award

EPA Recognizes Volkswagen Chattanooga With a Green Power Leadership Award 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 09/23/13 --  Volkswagen Chattanooga
announced today that it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership
Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual
awards recognize the country's leading green power users for their
commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the
nation's voluntary green power market.  
EPA presented Volkswagen Chattanooga with the award at an event held
in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in
Austin, Texas on September 23, 2013. 
Volkswagen Chattanooga was one of only four organizations nationwide
to receive a Leadership Award for the on-site generation of green
power. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish
themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar
photovoltaic (PV) or landfill gas. Volkswagen Chattanooga is
currently generating more than 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of
green power annually from an on-site solar energy system, which is
enough green power to meet 12 percent of the organization's
electricity use.  
"We are honored that the EPA has recognized us with a Green Power
Leadership award for the renewable energy generated by the Volkswagen
Chattanooga Solar Park at our LEED Platinum certified factory in
Tennessee," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen
Chattanooga. 
"Volkswagen's worldwide conservation program is called Think Blue and
it's a global call to sustainable ecological action on our blue
planet," Fischer said. "Generating green power onsite is an important
part of Volkswagen's efforts to be responsible for our footprint in
everything from powering our factory to powering our cars." 
Volkswagen Chattanooga currently ranks No. 15 on EPA's Top 20 On-site
Generation list, which highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have
achieved the highest annual on-site green power generation through
July 3, 2013. EPA updates its Top Partner Lists quarterly at
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/. 
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally
preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal,
biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power accelerates
the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. 
"EPA is pleased to recognize Volkswagen Chattanooga with a Green
Power Leadership Award for its distinguished commitment to using
on-site renewable energy resources," said EPA Administrator Gina
McCarthy.  
"By investing in on-site green power, Volkswagen Chattanooga is
generating cleaner electricity and reducing harmful carbon pollution,
and providing a clear example of an organization thriving on
innovation and sustainability."  
According to the EPA, Volkswagen Chattanooga's current green power
generation of more than 13 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the
carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles per
year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power
nearly more than 1,000 average American homes annually. 
The solar installation at Volkswagen Chattanooga is an element of the
highly-coveted LEED Platinum certification awarded 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 Volkswagen'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 around 2,500
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. 
About Volkswagen Chattanooga 
Opened in 2011, the $1 billion Volkswagen Chattanooga factory
manufactures the US Passat sedan, specifically designed for the North
American market. A 2012 University of Tennessee study found that
Volkswagen's presence created more 12,000 full-time jobs and is
responsible for $643 million in annual income in the area, as well
as, $53.5 million annually in state and local taxes. The Passat was
awarded the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car of the Year award. In 2012,
the factory produced more than 152,400 cars. 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 EPA's Green Power Partnership
 The Green Power Partnership is a
voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as
a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity
use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partner
organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of
green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading
organizations such as Fortune 500(R) companies, small and medium
sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges
and universities. For additional information, please visit
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.  
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
 The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership
Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA
recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power
Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; On-site
Generation; Green Power Purchasing; Green Power Community of the
Year; and Green Power Supplier of the Year. EPA's Green Power
Purchaser awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA
Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power
procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and
overall impact on the green power market. EPA's Green Power Supplier
awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts,
initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development
of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are
held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For
additional information please visit
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.  
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For More Information 
Volkswagen Chattanooga
Scott Neal Wilson 
Mobile: 423-580-5745
Email: scott.wilson@vw.com 
U.S. EPA
Mollie Lemon
Phone Number: 202-343-9859
Email: Lemon.Mollie@epa.gov 
 
 
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