VA Hospital in Big Spring Going "Green"

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The VA hospital is doing their part to help the environment and get some relief on their electric bill.

The "Green" project is part of a bigger Nationwide project of renewable energy sources by the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

The project consists of putting in more than 900 solar panels at the Big Spring hospital and because the space is limited, they decided to build carports and mount the solar panels on top.

The hospital engineers say the solar energy they will get from these panels will give them a boost and help them save some money.

"I do know that it will generate enough power to power 36 homes for one year, over all it will reduce the VA electricity by 7%." Danny Martin, Engineering Technician for the VA Hospital, said.

Originally they talked about putting up a wine turbine but because of the location of the hospital they decided to go with the solar panels.

They started the project three weeks ago and expect to be finished by Christmas.

The whole project will cost one million dollars.