California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] REC Solar has signed an agreement to build 1.7 megawatts (MW) of solar power systems at U.S. federal facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. When completed at the end of spring in 2010, the systems will be the largest solar power systems being used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These systems are expected to create over 60 jobs during construction.
“We are pleased and honored to work with the VA Hospitals in their effort to increase the use of renewable energy in achieving their agency-wide goals,” said Angiolo Laviziano, CEO of REC Solar.
The projects are expected to generate approximately 2.1 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year. REC Group panels will be used for these projects.
The PV systems will be installed at: four California VA Medical Centers in Palo Alto, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, California, as well as the VA Medical Centers in Tucson, Arizona and Reno, Nevada. The systems are being paid for by the US $1.4 billion in stimulus money allocated to the VA.
All systems will be completed in early 2010, and are expected to save the hospitals more than $175,000 a year in avoided electricity costs combined. The systems utilize a range of Satcon inverters and are performance monitored by Energy Recommerce Inc.