Volkswagen and community leaders celebrated the completion of the largest solar installation at an automotive manufacturing facility and the biggest in the state Wednesday morning.

The $30 million solar park cangenerate 12.5 percent of the energy for the plant during production times and 100 percent during nonproduction, officials said at the dedication ceremony.

Volkswagen officials announced inDecemberthat they reached an important milestone as the first U.S. auto manufacturer to obtain LEED Platinum Certification-the nation’s top green building standard.


The completion of the solar farm is part of the requirements for the LEED certification.

It’s also part of the company’s Think Blue environmental initiative.

“We are proud to power up the biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today,” Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC, said in a prepared statement. “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.”