The US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) revealed that it had awarded US$56.7 million in contracts for the construction of solar PV systems at five VA hospitals across the US. The installations are set to be constructed by the summer of 2012 at VA medical centers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Temple and Amarillo, Texas and Loma Linda and West Los Angeles, California.

“With these investments in clean energy and other renewable energy projects, we are marching forward with the President’s initiative to expand innovation in the federal government and create new jobs,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.  “The benefits of using solar power are profound, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improving the quality of the air we breathe.  This initiative is good for Veterans and good for our environment.”  

The VA selected the PV sites after conducting a feasibility study, which established the ideal locations to invest in on-site renewable energy projects. The projects stem from the department's set goal to increase its renewable energy consumption to 15% of its annual electricity usage by 2013.