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Phoenix VA Med Center Plans Largest Solar Carport Installation

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its Phoenix Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, plans to install a 3.003-megawatt (MW) DC solar electric system. This project will expand a 630-kW carport system currently under construction by SunWize Systems at the site.

The completed installation is expected to generate over 5.7 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually. This reduction in energy demand from the electric grid is equivalent to the reduction of more than 7.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

According to SunWize, the system will be the largest photovoltaic (PV) carport installation in the U.S. when the second phase of construction is completed.

In June, the VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, NM, announced it was installing a 3.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system, including include a car port and roof-mounted arrays.

The Phoenix VA Medical Center project is one of a number of systems now under contract with SunWize as a part of the VA’s effort to use renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. The Veteran’s Administration announced in September that it will consider sustainability and energy efficiency in all its purchases.

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