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Coral Bay on St. John is one of the communities that will benefit from a battery storage project that will supply power after a storm. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Energy Projects Could Speed Up Hurricane Recovery

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.
A solar installer puts in a three-rail system on St. John. (Photo provided by Caribbean Solar Company)

Solar Systems Can Survive Storms, Report Says

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.

Executives Say WAPA Will Be Transformed By 2024

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.

St. Thomas Solar Farm Being Rebuilt Bigger Than Before

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.
Energy Office technician Carl Joseph inspects a net metering site in 2010 on St. Thomas in the territory's previous program. (Source file photo by Don Buchanan)

New Net-Metering Program May Find Few Takers

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.
A waste-to-energy plant in Covington, Tennessee. Plans have been advanced more than once for such a project in the territory, but they have never come to fruition.

The Power Players: A Short History of WAPA Part II

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.





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