SPARC520 Equipment Installed at VA Headquarters

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The Department of Veterans Affairs installs equipment for SPARC520, an energy analysis and strategy software application, at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

SPARC announced today it has installed monitoring equipment for SPARC520 at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) headquarters office in Washington, D.C. The VA is using SPARC520, an energy analysis and strategy software application, to reduce energy costs in its National Capital Region buildings. SPARC520 has identified over $3.5 million in potential energy savings over 5 years at the VA headquarters.

SPARC520 is an energy forecasting, planning, and monitoring application that offers real-time energy data plus the tools to reduce energy consumption and cut costs. The equipment is being installed in VA buildings as part of the VA’s Greening as a Service (GaaS) initiative in an effort to leverage information technology as a tool to understand and manage energy consumption. With SPARC520’s customized and continuous data feedback, the VA has the expertise needed to save money and redirect resources to serving veterans.

SPARC520 allows customers to decrease energy consumption and cut energy costs by making the most informed energy management decisions. The application features both energy monitoring and energy planning capabilities, allowing customers to visualize real-time energy consumption as well as identify opportunities to save money and forecast those savings based on customized energy scenarios.

The data collected by SPARC520 gives the VA real-time feedback on energy consumption and overall performance towards energy goals. The application allows the VA to customize energy saving scenarios and forecasts savings over 1, 5, and 10 years and includes tools to assist in implementing those scenarios.

“SPARC520 is not simply offering energy monitoring dashboards, it’s offering real-time, in-depth energy data and customizable energy forecasting and planning tools. This product provides the insight needed to make the best investments possible in energy management,” said Jeff Beck, SPARC520 Product Manager.

SPARC520 was created in response to the VA’s GaaS Initiative. SPARC has worked in partnership with the VA Office of Administration and the VA Office of Information and Technology to implement this tool within the VA. The VA’s dedication to improving the energy performance of its buildings and leading by example has contributed to the success of SPARC520. The VA believes that other federal agencies can achieve the same successes in energy management.

SPARC provides software product development services and support with customers in the commercial, federal, and defense contracting industries. SPARC offers a broad range of solutions in order to enhance customer-focused results in an industry driven by state-of-the-art technology. SPARC infuses its services with robust scientific methods, complemented by modular information management technologies. Check SPARC out online at

About the VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ central mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The VA employs multiple energy projects in an effort to reduce energy consumption across the department.

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