One of the two power plants has already been in operation since March 2010 and the second plant is due to be completed in 2013. Both facilities – which have a combined capacity of 48.3MW – are located in the federal state of São Paulo, where Volkswagen do Brasil operates three of its four plants. In the course of construction work, some 500 new jobs will be created in the region.

Volkswagen is the first automaker in Brazil to invest in renewable energy sources, said the company in a statement.