The Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Facility is getting a facelift. More accurately, they are getting an addition to their facilities to the tune of $6.6 million. The money will be spent on the installation of a solar photovoltaic (solar power) system in order to help the VA come into compliance with Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Executive Order 13423 requires all federal agencies to draw more of their energy needs from renewable energy sources. Further, of those renewable energy sources, at least 50% of them must be new sources. The Energy policy sets a date of 2012 in which the VA must draw at least 5% of their total energy needs from renewable sources.
The solar power system will allow the Salt Lake VA Medical Center to generate their own power. It is hoped by doing this, more money will be able to be used for patient care as less is being spent on paying for energy. Both roof-top mounted and ground-mounted systems will be utilized on premises. The panels will generate between 35 and 55o kilowatts of energy, depending on location and panel used.
The VA has been given a very strict and solid deadline by which they must utilize renewable energy sources in various ways. Fitting state VA medical centers with solar panels seems to be the most popular method of moving toward meeting their renewable energy requirement deadlines. Construction on the Salt Lake VA Medical Center will begin in the early part of 2011.
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