Environmental Protection

VA Awards $7.8 M in Contracts to SunWize

SunWize Commercial Power Systems, the nationwide commercial installation division of SunWize Technologies, Inc., was recently awarded solar power contracts exceeding $7.8 million by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The contracts consist of 10 solar hospital projects that call for more than 1.1 MW of photovoltaic (PV) systems to be installed in locations across the country.

The diverse set of rooftop and carport systems vary in size from under 50 kW to more than 400 kW, and are located on VA facilities from the East Coast to the South Pacific, including Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; two systems in Sacramento, Calif.; Vallejo, Calif.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Pago Pago, American Samoa. All the systems will use premium, high-efficiency Sanyo 210 watt N-Series modules coupled with either SatCon or Fronius inverters. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2010.

Federal agencies are under executive order to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 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 agencies.

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