The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded REC Solar two contracts to design and install turnkey rooftop, ground mount and carport solar arrays for its hospitals in California and Texas.

The contracts total 6.6 MW and include a 4 MW addition at the West Los Angeles Medical Center.

At the West Los Angeles Medical Center, most of the new solar system will be installed on carports. The entire installation will include four rooftop systems for a total of 15 separate arrays.

The 2.6 MW installation at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas includes a 1.7 MW ballasted ground mount structure sited on a reclaimed capped landfill owned by the VA and designed specifically to be suitable as a renewable energy source.

The remaining 900 kW will be installed on five separate rooftops.

VA’s goal is to increase renewable energy consumption to 15% of annual electricity usage by 2013.

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