VA is a leader in solar energy implementation among Federal Government agencies, all of which are under executive order to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent a year or 30 percent by the end of 2015. VA has developed a comprehensive, department-wide energy management plan and surveyed its major VA facilities including Medical Centers for their renewable energy potential. The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center’s renewable energy project was one of the projects selected because it guaranteed a substantial savings in energy costs. The system includes 170 high-efficiency Sanyo Solar Panels installed on the roof of the new Administration building for VA Health Care Upstate New York located on the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center campus.
It is estimated that the system will produce over 40,000 kWh of solar electricity on an annual basis which equates to a $4,000 savings in energy cost for the year. This energy saving initiative is yet another way the Federal government is trying to reduce our dependency on oil. The solar panels became operational on August 22, 2011.
The Albany Stratton VA project was one of a series of solar panel projects awarded to SunWize Technologies by VA for sites across the country including the Syracuse and Buffalo VA’s whose solar panel projects will be operational soon.