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The Chattanooga facility is the largest of VW's solar parks (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen has inaugurated its largest solar park worldwide at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The German carmaker said the solar park has a peak output of 9.5 megawatts and will generate power to build the US version of the VW Passat.

Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said the solar facility is part of the group's "Think Blue.Factory" program, which aims to boost the sustainability of the car company's manufacturing operations.

"We are setting standards in efficient, sustainable production," Fischer said in a press release."

As part of its global IT strategy, VW wants to generate more power from renewable energy sources. Next to manufacturing, it is also targeting data centers in its efforts to become more sustainable.

The Chattanooga facility has about 33,6000 crystal solar modules installed on 13 hectares around the plant. These modules can generate about 13,100 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. VW said solar power in Chattanooga will provide 12.5 pc of all the electric power needed to run the plant at full capacity.

VW partnered in the project with Germany's Phoenix Solar and Nashville-based Silicon Ranch.