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Rockcastle Regional Hospital Installs Green Earth Solar Array

Rockcastle Regional hospital in Kentucky and Green Earth Solar have installed a 60.9 kW solar array on the roof of the hospital’s Outpatients Services Center.

The hospital went live with the solar array (pictured) on November 30, 2011. Rockcastle says this makes it Kentucky’s first hospital to have a such a system.

The 210 modules will produce around 290 watts each and will account for enough energy annually to power eight-to-10 homes. Kentucky Utilities Company will purchase the power generated.

This means that the solar panels will essentially power the third floor of the Outpatient Services Center – a space that will be utilized for community wellness events. The panels will also provide an educational experience for local students.

In July, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build solar photovoltaic systems at its hospitals.

By summer 2012, VA will install the solar PV systems at five medical centers in Oklahoma City; Temple, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Loma Linda, Calif. and West Los Angeles.

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