VA hospitals in California and Texas receive new solar power systems

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 @ 01:08 PM
posted by rene5432

REC Solar, one of the leading electricity providers in the U.S., has been awarded two contracts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create turnkey rooftop, ground mount and carport solar energy systems for VA hospitals in California and Texas.

In total, 6.6 megawatts will be created through the contract. A 4-megawatt addition to the West Los Angeles Medical Center will increase the total size to 9megawatts, making the solar energy system at the facility the largest for the VA nationwide.

The goal of the contract between the VA and REC Solar is to have systems installed at five VA medical centers in the two states by the summer of 2012. As a result, the VA hopes to increase its renewable energy consumption to 15 percent of annual electricity usage by 2013 in response to President Barack Obama's initiative to expand innovation within the federal government to help create new jobs, according to VA secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

"The benefits of using solar power are profound, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improving the quality of the air we breathe," he explained. "This initiative is good for Veterans and good for our environment."

According to PV Tech, the modules for these solar projects are being supplied by Kyocera Solar and REC Solar, and the photovoltaic inverters that generate electricity from light will be provided by Advanced Energy and PV powered.

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