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Tenn. Volkswagen plant powers up solar park

KnoxNews -- German automaker Volkswagen on Wednesday flipped the on switch for a new solar park at its Tennessee assembly plant.

The 33-acre installation next to the Chattanooga plant has a capacity to produce more than 13 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. That's the equivalent of the amount of energy used by 1,200 area homes each year, according to Volkswagen.

"We are proud to power up the biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today," Frank Fischer, the chairman and CEO of VW's Chattanooga operations, plant said in a release.

The new solar park will meet about 12.5% of the plant's electricity needs during full production, and will power all of its operations during off-peak periods. Volkswagen will consume all of the electricity produced by the park, unlike a more comm


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:00:24 AM

old news, but good deal, esp. for TN and VW.
Alanj44
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:44:00 AM

How cool, I like it
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:40:32 AM

Good for them!
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 4:51:34 AM

Solar!
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:28:39 PM

if fossil fuels are so great why is everyone always complaining about the price? Why need a website to try to find cheaper prices? They will blame Obama - which is ignorant.
defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:25:08 PM

OLD NEWS and VW doesn't even own or operate it!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:24:12 PM

very neat
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:20:18 PM

old news
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:19:47 PM

see - now people will attack VWs.. lol
granitestater
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:19:15 PM

Cover the roof with solar panels and then you would have something.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:18:23 PM

Take advantage of the sun.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:17:45 PM

let's see "The Thing" start rolling off VW's line again..

please..
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:16:45 PM

Pretty sure I read and commented on this yesterday.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:16:26 PM

@Number43, please explain what's wrong with not having to pay an electric bill?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:16:07 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:15:14 PM

Good show. Now reduce the cost of Volkswagen vehicles.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:14:35 PM

lets hope more people see the light... LOL
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:12:38 PM

Good for you.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:11:43 PM

Wow
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:10:55 PM

good for them.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:10:39 PM

Tennesse is booming
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:10:14 PM

Way to go.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:53 PM

good for them, save all of the energy that you can.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:48 PM

better than nothing,but why isn't the whole plant powered by alternate power supplies,wind,solar,methane so on and so on.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:41 PM

Solar is the future.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:38 PM

What a charge!!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:35 PM

They don't want real conversation.... they get all mad those darn FACTS come up.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:20 PM

Must have cost a great deal to make this Solar Park. Will savings be worth it?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:14 PM

VW rules!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:09:14 PM

What does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:08:36 PM

Solar is NOT good. TOO EXPENSIVE. People who don't pay an electric bill are the only one's foolish to think solar is good.
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Do it and we will see what happen.
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No grog....no eat parsley....just for show.....
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:07:53 PM

Excellent
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:07:52 PM

I wonder how long it will take to break even on this project.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:07:46 PM

I hear you, @WanderDan. I'm sure the "true believers" have long ago clicked the Ignore Aviator_Rob key on the forum. I'm just posting comments for the rest of the people who may have only heard one side of an argument. I encourage anyone who disagrees with me to let me know. Just make sure to bring facts and reason to the discussion. :)
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:07:45 PM

Yeah, OK.
Number43
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:07:21 PM

So what? Just for show.
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O.K.
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:05:48 PM

EXACTLY! ! ! Aviator Rob

[Edited by: WanderDan at 1/25/2013 12:06:29 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:05:40 PM

ok.
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:05:09 PM

Good stuff!!!
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:04:42 PM

Okay, everyone. Some people in this forum really need to get away from this idea that everything has to make short-term economic sense. Stop acting like corporate CEOs that can't see anything past the next fiscal quarter. The whole idea of investing in things like infrastructure is that there is a LONG-TERM benefit.

If it were up to some people here, the Hoover Dam would never have been built. The rural West also would have never been electrified. Power companies would have never seen a return on their investment.

Please look past your own narrow interests. The world is bigger than just you.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:04:09 PM

Solar is good.
yyc2yow
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go go go ... lets try anything except oil
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:02:59 PM

Interesting.
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:02:44 PM

aviator Rob.. you got to remember alot of people on this site are FAUX viewers so they believe whatever they are told.. hate everything! This site even does the Obama is coming for your guns link. reason science and facts are not important.
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Thats big.
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:58:07 PM

How do you use solar power at night, @us4usa? It's called "net-metering". You send surplus solar power out to the grid during peak hours when the demand is highest and then the powerplant supplies electricity to the auto plant at night when there's hardly any demand.

This is why the electric utility encourages people to do their laundry and run their dishwashers late at night.
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alternative energy sources are the way to go
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:57:09 PM

That's good.
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