VA hospitals contract with REC Solar for 1.7 MW of solar systems

San Luis Obispo, Calif., November 30, 2009 – REC Solar agreed to build 1.7 MW of solar power systems on federal facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada.

When completed at the end of spring in 2010, the systems will be the largest solar power systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs. These systems are expected to create over 60 jobs during construction.

The projects generate about 2.1 MWh of electricity per year, the equivalent of what would be used by 3,600 households. REC Group panels will be used for these projects.

The photovoltaic systems will be installed at: four California VA Medical Centers in Palo Alto, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Long Beach; as well as the VA Medical Centers in Tucson, AZ and Reno, NV.

All systems will be completed in early 2010, and are expected to save the combined hospitals well over $175,000 a year in avoided electricity costs.

These high-efficiency systems use more than 7,000 REC Group AE-US PV modules mounted on a combination of roof, carport and ground mount applications. The systems utilize a range of Satcon inverters and are performance monitored by Energy Recommerce Inc.

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