KINGSTON, USA: SunWize Commercial Power Systems, the commercial installation division of SunWize Technologies Inc., recently completed a 337 kW DC solar electric system for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its Dallas Medical Center.
The installation is the largest photovoltaic (PV) installation in Texas and the second major project completed by SunWize for the VA in its effort to utilize renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.
The Dallas VA Medical Center system is expected to save the hospital over $62,000 in annual electricity costs. It consists of 1,728 SANYO HITTM PV modules and is one of the highest efficiency PV systems available.
“I appreciate the diligent project and construction management of SunWize. Nobody has worked as hard as SunWize to address my requirements,” states Rick Hart, Energy Manager at the Medical Center. “Moreover, I am glad for the careful, conservative approach to structural engineering that SunWize has taken. In the May 2nd ‘microburst’ storm that destroyed the Dallas Cowboy training facility and uprooted trees and light poles here at the hospital, our rooftop PV system stayed put.”
Federal agencies are under executive order to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent per year or 30 percent by the end of 2015. In response, the VA developed a comprehensive department-wide energy management plan and surveyed its major facilities for their renewable energy potential.
Its evaluation identified the Dallas and Loma Linda, Calif. facilities as the top candidates for PV systems. SunWize Commercial Power Systems was awarded and successfully completed both contracts.
“We are pleased and honored to once again work with the VA in its renewable energy push. The Medical Center in Dallas is the second of what we anticipate will be many projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Completing the largest PV system in Texas again demonstrates SunWize has the unique ability and resources to successfully complete solar electric systems across the country,” comments David Kaltsas, SunWize Executive Vice President.