SunWize Completes Solar Installation for San Francisco VA Medical Center


SunWize Technologies completes 255kW solar installation for the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

SunWize Technologies, a global engineering, procurement, construction company and distributor of sustainable energy products, has completed a 255kW solar installation for the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The solar canopy system consists of approximately 1,000 Samsung modules that are integrated into a steel structure that was built on top of an existing parking garage.

The solar installation is one of many renewable energy projects at Veterans Administration facilities across the United States. The projects are part of VA’s ongoing Energy and Water Management Program. In addition to providing clean, renewable energy, the solar canopy also creates additional shaded parking for 85 vehicles with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The Veterans Administration performed renewable energy studies to determine which of its facilities were best suited for the use of renewable energy technologies,” said Emmanuel Bernal, Energy Manager for the San Francisco VA Medical Center. 

“Our medical center was chosen as one of those facilities, and now, our new 255kW solar PV system will help the VA achieve its nationwide goal of reducing energy costs, decreasing dependence on fossil fuel and improving our environment.”

The solar canopy was commissioned and interconnected in August, and SunWize hired subcontractors from the San Francisco Bay Area for the construction of it. “The fact that SunWize employed local workers for our project was an added bonus,” Bernal said. “We were very pleased that our project was able to generate ‘green’ jobs that have the power to boost our local economy.”

SunWize has cooperated with VA before. According to SunWize President and COO David Kaltsas, SunWize has contracted over 18MW of solar for the Department of Veterans Affairs throughout the United States. “The San Francisco VA Medical Center project is one of the most recent VA hospitals for which we’ve designed and installed a solar electric system,” Kaltsas said.