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VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21)


VA Sierra Pacific Energy Management Program

Four team members standing in front of large Energy Exchange displayThe VA Sierra Pacific Energy Program is strategically aligned with VA's Mission and VHA Priorities. Updated in accordance with the new Executive Order 13834, “Efficient Federal Operations (May 2018)," the VA Sierra Pacific’s Energy Management Program identifies energy and sustainability goals and defines the strategy and objectives for achieving these goals. The VISN Energy Program’s focus is on improving the energy and operational efficiency of facilities by investing in renewable energy projects, along with improving commodity purchasing and operations as well as maintenance practices. The goal of the VA Sierra Pacific Network’s Energy Program is to be a national leader in innovation and sustainability.

The VA Sierra Pacific Network’s Energy Program leverages Alternative Financed Contracts, such as Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESC) and Energy Savings Performance Contracts in order to overcome budget and resource constraints, and to support the state-of-the-art healing environments and mission-critical facilities which serve our Veterans.

The VISN 21 Energy Program has several alternative financed contracts underway, this includes a $40 million Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) with Pacific Gas and Electric. The VISN wide UESC covers seven campuses across three health care systems which include the Central California HCS, Northern California HCS and San Francisco HCS. The VISN wide UESC Investment Grade Audit (IGA) Phase effort included an in depth review and analysis of approximately 130 buildings and 120 Energy Conservation Measures (ECM). The UESC Task Order Award effort includes the development of 40 total Energy Conservation Measures that will accumulate an estimated savings of $2 million per year and a total of 90 MMBTU.

These ECM's include replacing mission critical equipment such as boilers, air handling units, steam traps and campus wide lighting improvements. Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) are also underway at the Las Vegas VA Medical Center and Reno VA Medical Center both ESPC's are in the initial Investment Grade Audit Phase. These projects will also evaluate ECM’s which will enhance the medical center’s Energy Resilience, and Energy Security such as installing Distributed Energy Storage Systems, Renewable Energy Systems , Incorporating Microgrids and enhancing the Cybersecurity of facility related monitoring and control systems.

VA/DoE Energy Exchange Presentations

Executive Laws Orders and Regulations

VA Directives & Handbooks

VSIN 21 Photovoltaic Projects

Fresno VA Medical Center - 111 kW solar PV system
Martinez Outpatient Clinic - ​776 kW solar PV system
​Mather - 218 kW solar PV system
Sacramento VA - ​488 KW Solar PV System
Sacramento VA Medical Center - 218 kW solar PV system
Menlo Park VA Medical Center - ​955 kW solar PV system
​Palo Alto VA Medical Center - 265 kW solar PV system
San Francisco VA Medical Center - ​250 kW solar PV system
Mare Island Outpatient Clinic - 90 kW solar PV system
Las Vegas VA Medical Center - 5,062 kW (DC) and 4,363 kW (AC)

Las Vegas VA Solar Panels
Las Vegas VA Solar Panels


VISN 21 Energy Program Contacts:
Allan J Federman
VISN Energy Manager
VA National Energy Engineers Board

Hadi Janbakhshzadeh
Sr Energy Manager
Northern California Health Care System

Joselito Amancio
Sr Energy Manager
Las Vegas, NV/Southern Nevada Healthcare System

Michael Grayson
Energy Manager
Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Liz Exter
Energy Manager
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

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