Shinseki Announces Solar Energy Projects for VA Medical Centers

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Veterans Administration medical centers in West Los Angeles and Loma Linda could have working solar energy systems in place by next summer, it was announced July 27.

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $56.7 million in contracts to install the renewable energy systems at VA hospitals in Los Angeles, Loma Linda and three other locations.

“With these investments in clean energy and other renewable energy projects, we are marching forward with the president’s initiative to expand innovation in the federal government and create new jobs” said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

“The benefits of using solar power are profound, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improving the quality of the air we breathe,” he said. “This initiative is good for veterans and good for our environment.”

The sites were selected based on studies that determined the most ideal locations to invest in on-site renewable energy projects, Shinseki said. Outside of California, solar installations are slated for Oklahoma City and two Texas locations, Temple and Amarillo.

The VA’s goal is to increase renewable energy consumption to 15 percent of annual electricity usage by 2013, Shinseki said.

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