SANTA NELLA -- The San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella is spending nearly $800,000 to install a 136-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The rooftop system is expected to produced 73 percent of the cemetery's annual electricity usage.
The installation will be completed in 2010. The cemetery will also spend $33,000 to purchase two utility vehicles to support grounds maintenance operations.
The project is part of a nationwide effort to improve national cemeteries around the country using American Recovery and Restoration Act funds.