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July 27, 2011

VA Funds Solar Energy Projects at 5 Hospitals

---- — WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 27, 2011-- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in support of ongoing energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

ÒWith these investments in clean energy and other renewable energy projects, we are marching forward with the PresidentÕs initiative to expand innovation in the federal government and create new jobs,Ó said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. ÒThe 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.Ó

By summer 2012, VA will install the solar PV systems at five VA medical centers in sunny locations, from Texas to California. VA selected the sites based on feasibility studies that determined the most ideal locations to invest in on-site renewable energy projects.

Solar PV installations are slated for Oklahoma City; Temple, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Loma Linda, Calif. and West Los Angeles.

VAÕs goal is to increase renewable energy consumption to 15 percent of annual electricity usage by 2013. The installation of these five solar PV systems will help VA meet that goal. Renewable energy projects such as, solar PV and wind turbines, provide free energy to power VA facilities and provide a variety of benefits.

VA has also awarded 35 additional solar PV systems atmedical centers and national cemeteries across the nation. VA has invested over $300 million in renewable energy projects since 2009.

 

 

CONTACT: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

       Office of Public Affairs

       Media Relations

     202-461-7600

            

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY HEALTH HOSPITALS PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT PUBLIC POLICY WHITE HOUSE/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GENERAL HEALTH

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Copyright Business Wire 2011 PUB: 07/27/2011 12:37 PM/DISC: 07/27/2011 12:42 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110727006412/en

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