The recent uproar over the $535 million loan that the federal government gave to now-bankrupt Solyndra Inc., a manufacturer of photovoltaic panels, put government spending programs back in the spotlight.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided millions in funding for the construction or retrofit of federal buildings, Veteran Administration hospitals and military bases from 2009 to 2010. But according to information gathered by Electrical Marketing newsletter at www.fbo.gov, a website that tracks federal contracts, most of the government spending on electrical work at federal buildings is not funded now through the ARRA. However, EM found contract awards for at least $7 million in other contracts for electrical, utility and voice-data-video (VDV) products at www.fbo.gov.

Listed here are contracts of at least $100,000 that were posted recently on that website. Plenty of smaller contracts were awarded to electrical companies, too, including a $41,651,41 contract that Butler Supply Inc., Fenton, Mo., won to supply lighting equipment to a federal prison in Greenville, Ill.

Date Company Contract Amount Details
Sept. 20 BVB Construction Inc., Ventura, Calif. $2,250,000 Power upgrades for 13.8kV electrical system for Southern Arizona Health Care System, Tucson, Ariz.
Sept. 21 Inland Construction & Equipment, Panama City, Fla. $1,380,954 Electrical work at a U.S. Coast Guard pier in Portsmouth, Va.
Sept. 21 Cable Link Construction Group, Fresno, Calif. $1,288,997 Communications system upgrade at Carl T. Hayden Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Phoenix
Sept. 20 Allied Pacific Builder, Honolulu, Hawaii. $1,075,000 Replace 13.8kV switches at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
Sept. 16 TL Services Inc., Van Buren, Ark. $697,316 Lighting upgrades at U.S. Air Force Base in Little Rock, Ark.
Sept. 16 Cape Design Engineering Co., Cape Canaveral, Fla. $191,852 Lighting work at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sept. 19 Scott Construction, East Helena, Mont. $161,803 Repair lightning protection system at U.S. Air Force base in Malmstrom, Mont.
Sept. 15 Pacific Utilities Supply, Pleasant Hill, Calif. $111,000 Purchase of 900 electrical line space dampers for utility work by the Western Area Power Administration, Folsom, Calif.