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Shinseki Awards Solar Energy Projects

April 22, 2010

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VA to Install Solar Panels at 18 Medical Centers

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $20.2 million to install solar energy systems at 18 VA medical centers.

"Using renewable energy sources by installing solar panels at our Veterans’ medical centers is the future of our department," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said. "These improvements will help transform VA and enhance our high quality of patient care."

The solar projects are projected to be operational by September 2010 at 18 facilities in eight states and American Samoa.  The solar energy projects will increase use of renewable energy sources.  The solar cell installations will have a total capacity of 3,020 kilowatts. 

VA is using crystalline silicon modules for its solar panels.  The feasibility studies determined that using crystalline silicon was the best option for all of the facilities.  These solar panels will be installed on roof tops, carports, or ground-mounted depending on the facility. 

VA is conducting solar feasibility studies at 31 additional facilities using Recovery Act funding.

VA operates more than 1,400 sites of care.  More than 5.5 million people received care in VA health care facilities in 2008.          

VA Facilities Receiving Solar Panels

Name of Facility

City, State/Territory

VA American Samoa Community-based Outpatient Clinic

Pago Pago, American Samoa

Phoenix VA Healthcare System

Phoenix

Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System

Tucson, Ariz

VA Central California Healthcare System

Fresno, Calif.

VA Long Beach Healthcare System

Long Beach, Calif.

VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Palo Alto, Calif.

West Los Angeles Healthcare System Center

Los Angeles

McClellan Outpatient Clinic

Sacramento, Calif.

Mare Island Outpatient Clinic

Vallejo, Calif.

Northern California Healthcare System

Mather, Calif.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System

West Haven, Conn.

VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System

Honolulu, Hawaii

VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System

Reno, Nev.

Samuel S. Stratton VAMC

Albany, N.Y.

VA Western New York Healthcare

Buffalo, N.Y.

Syracuse VAMC

Syracuse, N.Y.

West Texas VA Healthcare System

Big Spring, Texas

Cheyenne VAMC

Cheyenne, Wyo.

 

 

 



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