April 30, 2013 - Unirac, Inc. is playing a large role in powering up Volkswagen in North America today.
The project involves recently-constructed 33,600 panel solar park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The solar park, which sits on 33-acres right next to the factory where the popular mid-size VW Passat is produced, will provide nearly 13-percent of the plant's energy – an amount that could power 1,200 households per year.
"This has been a tremendous collaboration for Unirac", said Peter Lorenz, CEO, Unirac. "The opportunity to work with Phoenix Solar US and Silicon Ranch really demonstrates Unirac's ability to accommodate a broad range of foundation options in a major commercial project such as this one."
The Unirac ground mount solution, specifically engineered for the Volkswagen Solar Park project, combines its ISYS™ Ground Mount 2.0 with custom racking, resulting in an optimized total installed cost. The ISYS Ground 2.0 allowed for pre-assembly of module columns prior to installation of foundations and racking. Additionally, contractors were able to build the subassembly while assembling modules to rails in a controlled environment. This method produced a shorter project turn-around time and reduced field-labor, allowing Volkswagen to achieve greater cost savings.
"Close collaboration with Phoenix Solar US has helped us engineer a superior product while reducing the total installation cost of this project," said Tony Borck, Vice President Utility Group, Unirac. "We're excited to be part of a project that has gained the awarding of LEED Platinum certification to Volkswagen by the USS Green Building Council."