2 VA Medical Centers Install 7MW of Solar

March 12, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

UnknownREC Solar is working with HICAPS, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) construction management firm to build two solar electric systems at US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical centers in Salem, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada. In total, these systems comprise nearly 7 MW of solar generation capacity across rooftops, carports and ground-mounted arrays.

REC Solar will serve as the engineering, procurement and solar system contractor, while HICAPS acts as the prime general contractor responsible for site civil construction and overall management and implementation of the projects. These arrays bring REC Solar’s total installations with the VA up to 21.

The 5 MW system at the VA Las Vegas Medical Center will span carport and ground-mount structures, including a 200 kW structure that provides shade for water tanks. The project is expected to be completed in December 2015.

For the VA Salem Medical Center, HICAPS and REC Solar installed 1.8 MW of solar capacity. After successful completion of a 1.6 MW array in 2013, the VA selected HICAPS and REC Solar to construct an additional 200 kW system. By utilizing a ballasted mounting system that avoids ground penetrations, the companies were able to locate the system on a brownfield site next to the medical center.

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