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U.S. Virgin Islands - Net Metering

Summary

Eligibility and Availability

In February 2007, the U.S. Virgin Islands Public Services Commission approved a limited net-metering program for residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV), wind-energy or other renewable energy system up to 10 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. In July 2009, the legislature passed Act 7075 that raised the capacity limits to 20 kW for residential systems, 100 kW for commercial systems, and 500 kW for public (which includes government, schools, hospitals). In December of 2014, Act 7705 was enacted to amend Act 7075 to limit net-metering to "systems 10 Kilowatts and

U.S. Virgin Islands - Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff

Summary

In May of 2014 the Virgin Islands enacted AB 7586, the FIT Act, that instructed the public services commission to create a feed-in-tariff for solar photovoltaic systems. The Public Services Commission (PSC) will offer solar photovoltaic system owners a standard contract with terms between 10 and 30 years. The PSC is expected to initially offer $0.26 per kilowatt hour (kWh) and will periodically review the rate based upon the avoided cost rate of the utility, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA). Owners of photovoltaic systems between 10 kilowatts (kW) and 500 kW will be

U.S. Virgin Islands - Renewables Portfolio Targets

Summary

Eligible Technologies

Photovoltaic Energy, wind energy, hydroelectric energy, landfill gas, biomass, ocean and microturbine systems.

Requirements

In July 2009, the Virgin Islands (USVI) passed Act 7075. Among other provisions, the legislation establishes that the "peak demanded generating capacity" of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority* must be from renewables according to the following schedule:

  • 20% by January 1, 2015
  • 25% by January 1, 2020
  • 30% by January 1, 2025

It further establishes that a "majority" of this generating capacity must come from renewables or

U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws

Summary

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the owner of a solar or wind-energy system is permitted to negotiate for assurance of continued access to the system’s energy source. "Solar or wind-energy system" is defined as "any system that converts, stores, collects, protects or distributes the kinetic energy of the sun or wind into mechanical, chemical or electrical energy to provide power generation for the heating of water, the heating and cooling of buildings or other structures, and other similar purposes."

Furthermore, any covenant, condition or restriction contained in any deed, contract, mortgage,

U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

Summary

The Virgin Islands Energy Office currently offers rebates to residents for purchasing solar water heaters from local vendors. The program will cover residential, solar water heaters of 120 gallons or less, approved by the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation.

A household can receive a maximum of two solar water heater rebates. Rebate amounts vary slightly based upon installed equipment. Rebates will be $1,250 for solar water heaters with an OG-300 rating and will be up to $1,000 for solar water heaters with an OG-100 rating.

Funds are limited and rebates will be given on a first

U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Construction

Summary

In July 2009 the U.S. Virgin Islands enacted legislation creating Act 7075. This legislation requires that all new developments and substantial building modifications install energy efficient solar water heaters to provide at least 70% of the building's water heating needs. This is for all building types: residential, commercial and governmental.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources may provide a waiver if a significant cost burden is shown. The Department will verify compliance with this requirement at the time development, construction and/or building permits are reviewed.