REC Solar has joined with HICAPS to build two solar electric systems at U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Medical Centers in Virginia and Nevada.
These systems will in total comprise of 7 MW of solar generation capacity spread across rooftops, carports and ground-mounted arrays.
The medical centers will be located in Salem of Virginia and Las Vegas of Nevada. The joint venture is expected to be completed in December 2015.
REC Solar will serve as the engineering, procurement and solar system contractor for these systems.
The 5 MW system to be installed at the VA Las Vegas Medical Center will include carport and ground-mount structures in addition to a 200 kW shade structure for water tanks.
HICAPS is a SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business) full service construction management firm in US.
HICAPS will be the prime general contractor responsible for site civil construction and overall management and implementation of the projects.
With this new project, REC Solar’s total installations with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs will reach up to 21 and HICAPS’ installed projects will cost up to $25 million.
Earlier, for the VA Salem Medical Center, HICAPS and REC Solar installed 1.8 MW of solar capacity.
In 2013, the joint venture installed a 1.6 MW array following which they were selected for an additional 200 kW system by Department of Veteran’s Affairs in US.
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs is under an executive order to implement sustainable programs that minimize the environmental impact of operations.
Solar energy systems have been a large component of the VA’s strategy to meet this executive order.