Rep. Costa Announces $5.92 Million In Recovery Funds To Improve Fresno Veterans Hospital

Jul 8, 2009
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced that a total of $5.92 million has been released to the Veterans Central California Health Care System to make energy infrastructure upgrades and improvements at the Fresno facility which provides health care services for more than 100,000 veterans each year.  Funding was made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This is a triple win for our veterans, our Valley and our state,” Costa said.  “These energy improvements at the hospital in Fresno will save Valley taxpayers money in the long run, and our returning military heroes will have a state-of-the-art hospital to use for their rehabilitation, surgeries, or necessary check-ups.”

Approximately $1.57 million will replace steam boilers, $1.6 million will replace a cooling tower, and $2.75 million will replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at the Veterans Central California Health Care System.  The Department of Veterans Affairs is directing more than one-quarter of its $1.4 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to clean energy generation and energy conservation

Al Perry, the Director of the VA Central California Health Care System was thrilled to hear today’s good news that the Central California facility is the recipient of these stimulus funds.  Perry went on to express that the VA is proud to be a part of the administration’s efforts to find the most modern technology for energy conservation and anxious for the modernization to begin.

Overall, more than $68 million is going to renewable sources which include solar, wind and geothermal, while nearly $238 million will be directed to retrofit existing buildings to use energy and water more efficiently.