REC Solar has been awarded new contracts for VA hospitals in California and Texas that total 6.6MW. A 4MW addition is planned for an existing 5MW array at the West Los Angeles Medical Center, bringing that total system size to 9MW, which makes it the largest installed solar energy system nationwide for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A 2.6MW installation is also planned at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas, which includes a 1.7MW ballasted ground mount structure sited on a reclaimed capped landfill owned by the VA.
The entire installation at West Los Angeles Medical Center will include four rooftop systems and provide carport shelter in 11 parking lots for a total of 15 separate arrays.
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System project will also include 900 kilowatts installed on five separate rooftops.
The modules for these projects are supplied by Kyocera Solar and REC Solar with PV inverters from Advanced Energy and PV Powered.
According to the VA, next summer will have seen the conclusion of PV installations at five VA medical centers, which were based on feasibility studies that determined the most ideal locations to invest in on-site renewable energy projects.
VA’s goal is to increase renewable energy consumption to 15% of annual electricity usage by 2013.