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Grant mangers from the U.S. Department of the Interior were on St. Croix March 2 inspecting the Educational Complex planned site for an emergency shelter with a solar system including battery backup.
Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Clinton Foundation collected data on why some solar systems survived the hurricanes in 2017 and others didn't. They shared the data with the V.I. Energy Office.
The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority promised improved efficiency, resiliency and greater renewable penetration, as part of a five-year transformation plan presented by WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer at the Revenue Estimating Conference.
The V.I. Water and Power Authority board approved an agreement with BMR USVI Renewables, LLC to redevelop the Donoe solar farm on St. Thomas. Before Hurricane Irma, the solar farm had a capacity of 4.188 megawatts, and it will be redeveloped with a capacity of 5.025 megawatts.
The new proposal to allow residents to sell the excess energy their alternative energy systems produce to the V.I. Water and Power Authority is not nearly as generous as the original policy was.
The last two decades have brought a variety of proposals for the territory's energy future, but mostly all the energy that has been generated has been in the scrapping between the PSC, the Legislature and WAPA.