April 22, 2010
VA to Install Solar Panels at 18 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
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
VA American Samoa Community-based Outpatient Clinic
McClellan Outpatient Clinic
VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System
Samuel S. Stratton VAMC
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