Arkansas Matters.com

By Marci Manley and Curt Lanning

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An audit of a solar panel system installation at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock found $1.5 million in extra costs, officials say.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General said it reviewed the work-in-progress solar panel system, which was projected to cost $8 million and produce 1.8 million megawatts of energy, at the request of Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, and Rep. French Hill, R-Arkansas.

OIG found the Little Rock project went over budget and was also delayed by four years. According to the OIG report, the Little Rock VA failed to appropriately plan for and execute the project.

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