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U.S. Virgin Islands - Net Metering   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/27/2014
Program Overview:
State: Virgin Islands
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, or other Renewable Energy System
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
Applicable Utilities:VIWAPA
System Capacity Limit:500 kW for government; 100 kW for commercial; 20 kW for residential
Aggregate Capacity Limit:5 MW for St. Croix; 10 MW for St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and other territorial islands
Net Excess Generation:Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; granted to utility at end of 12-month billing cycle
REC Ownership:Not addressed
Meter Aggregation:Not addressed
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Virgin Islands Code Title 12, Chapter 23, Subchapter IV, ยง. 1141-47
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Act 7075

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).

Meter Aggregation Provisions

The aggregate capacity limit of all net-metered systems is five megawatts (MW) on St. Croix, and 10 MW on St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and other territorial islands. These limits are equal to 10% of the peak load of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s (VIWAPA) electric system. VIWAPA charges a $25 application fee.

Net Excess Generation
Any net excess generation (NEG) produced by a customer is credited at the utility’s full retail rate and carried forward to the customer's next monthly bill. At the end of a 12-month period, any remaining NEG is granted to the utility.

All installations must comply with the IEEE 1547 standard, the UL 1741 standard, the National Electric Code, and the Uniform Building Code. The utility will furnish, install, own and maintain all metering equipment, including a meter capable of measuring customer generation. An external disconnect switch is required at the customer's expense, and customers must indemnify the utility from and against liability for loss and damage.

  • In May of 2014, AB 7586 created a feed-in-tariff that would allow owners of solar photovotaic systems ranging between 10 kWh and 500 kWh to sell their energy for approximately 26 cents per kWh.

Refer to VIWAPA's Net Metering Web Site for more information.

  Don Buchanan
Virgin Islands Energy Office
4101 Mars Hill
St. Croix , VI 00840
Phone: (340) 713-8436 Ext.3612
Fax: (340) 772-0063
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