Two solar projects in Kansas and Texas completed for the VA

SolarWorld on Nov. 11 announced today that it has supplied two projects totaling 2.6 MW peak of American-made solar panels for facilities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Efficient Energy of Tennessee (EETN) was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the projects at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., and West Texas VA Health Center in Big Spring, Texas. San Francisco-based CivicSolar provided distribution services for the projects.

The three companies are finalists in bidding on other VA installations, SolarWorld noted. The projects in Kansas and Texas, each including parking canopy systems, were completed over recent months. The VA has set its sights toward generating as much as 5% of its power supply from solar over the short term and 20% by 2020. 

“We honor and value our nation’s returning soldiers, and all they have done for us,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president for sales of SolarWorld Americas Inc. and a former naval officer. “We know that solar can reduce the amount of fuel and fuel convoys in theater and therefore save lives as well as curb our needs for foreign fossil fuels. We also embrace the skills, leadership and training of our military men and women as potential employees working to advance this American-pioneered high-tech manufacturing industry.”

SolarWorld manufactures and sells high-tech solar power solutions. The group, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, employs about 3,700 people and carries out production in: Freiberg, Germany; Arnstadt, Germany; and Hillsboro, Oregon. SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999.

Energy Efficiency of Tennessee was established in 2009 with headquarters in Powell, Tenn. EETN provides commercial and utility scale, turn-key solar PV solutions throughout the United States and South Pacific.

Approaching 65 MW of sales in 2015 with offices in San Francisco and Boston, CivicSolar provides on-time, complete and accurate delivery from its national network of warehouses.

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