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Steel Supports Solar in SoCal
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 29, 2012 at 2:32 PM.

A 3.72-MW steel-framed solar carport structure was completed last week at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, wrapping up Phase 1 of what will be the largest installation of solar canopies on a VA hospital in the U.S. Design-build contractor Build Group, Inc., performed the massive installation while keeping the parking lots in full operation.


In total, 6.8 MW of solar carports are slated for installation at the hospital, totaling 562,293 sq. ft of elevated photovoltaic surface area. The project design incorporates seven solar panels across each T-structure, compared to an industry standard of only six panels. By elevating more panels with the same amount of structure, the per-unit watt return is maximized for each structure. Also, the structure is designed to withstand winds of 85 MPH.


For more information about the project, you can view Build Group’s press release at

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