Monday, November 19, 2012

VA Hospitals Solar Projects

Which in the long run will save the VA facilities operational and maintenance monies as well as give security for possible power outages and damaged energy sources normally used.

VA funds solar energy project in Oklahoma City
November 15, 2012 - The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center (VAMC), 921 NE 13 St., is installing a $4.6 million, one megawatt (MW) solar PV system that will supply 5.5 percent of the facility’s annual electrical needs. The work is projected to be completed in the next two weeks.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build five solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in support of ongoing energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

“The actual work in Oklahoma City began in Oct., 2011,” said Russ Goering, Energy Engineer for the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. “It was a design build. The design is complete and the construction is about 80 percent complete.

“The contractor had a detailed scope of work, but they had to actually design the system first and provide the engineering services to meet the plan specifications, and the contractor then actually completes the work once that design was approved.”

The solar contractor for the Oklahoma City project is SunWize Technologies, based in California.

The VA is installing the solar PV systems at VA medical centers at sites based on feasibility studies that determined the most ideal locations to invest in on-site renewable energy projects. Solar PV installations include Oklahoma City; Temple and Amarillo, Texas; Loma Linda and West Los Angeles, CA. read more>>>

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