SunWize Awarded 1.1-MW in Federal Solar PV Contracts

SunWize Commercial Power Systems has been awarded contracts valued at more than US $7.8 million by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The contracts call for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at 10 VA hospitals, which combined will have an installed capacity of more than 1.1 megawatts (MW).

The rooftop and carport systems vary in size from under 50 kW to more than 400 kW, and are set to be located on VA facilities in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Phoenix, Arizona, Sacramento and Vallejo, California, as well as Honolulu, Hawaii, and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

All the systems will use Sanyo 210-watt N-Series modules coupled with either Satcon or Fronius inverters. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2010. The 10 projects represent the most recent collaboration in SunWize’s established relationship with the VA.

In February 2009, SunWize installed the largest PV system in Texas, 337 kW on the roof of the VA’s Dallas Medical Center. Late in 2008, SunWize completed a 309-kW system on the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.

“We are honored to be chosen to work with the VA again on their exemplary solar hospital initiative. The VA stringently screens companies to design and install logistically demanding solar solutions on its life-critical, 24/7 hospital facilities,” said David Kaltsas, executive vice president at SunWize. “SunWize continues to demonstrate to the VA our ability to successfully complete complex solar electric systems in any location.”

U.S. Federal Government agencies are under executive order to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by three percent a year or 30 percent by the end of 2015. In response, the VA developed a comprehensive, department-wide energy management plan and surveyed its major facilities for their renewable energy potential. The VA is at the forefront of solar energy implementation among Federal Government agencies.

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