Last DSIRE Review: 12/19/2012
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
||Photovoltaics, Wind, or other Renewable Energy System
||Commercial, Residential, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Institutional
|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|
Act 7075 |
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).
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.
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.
As for interconnection, 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.
Refer to VIWAPA's Net Metering Web Site for more information.
Virgin Islands Energy Office
4101 Mars Hill
St. Croix , VI 00840
Phone: (340) 713-8436 Ext.3612
Fax: (340) 772-0063
Web Site: http://www.vienergy.org/