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

Last DSIRE Review: 06/25/2014
Program Overview:
State: Virgin Islands
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Expected to be approxmimately $.26 per kWh
Terms:Power purchase agreements between the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) and consumers for terms of 10 to 30 years. Guaranteed payments at costs of less than avoided costs for WAPA utility.
Eligible System Size:10 kW to 500 kW
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:not specified
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Virgin Islands Code Title 12, Chapter 23, Subchapter VII, ยง. 1161-1168
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
A 7586

In May of 2014 the Virgin Islands enacted A 7586, the FIT Act, that instructed the public services comission to create a feed-in-tariff for solar photovoltaic systems. The Public Services Commission (PSC) will offer solar photovotaic system owners a standard contract with terms between 10 and 30 years. The PSC is expected to initially offer $.26 per kilowatt hour (kWh) and will periodically review the rate based upon that 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 eligible to enter into these contracts.

There is a 10 MW limit for aggregate production via feed-in-tariff contracts on the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island, and other offshore keys and islands and a similar 5 MW limit for contracts on the Island of St. Croix.

  Don Buchanan
Virgin Islands Energy Office
Energy Office
4101 Estate Mars Hill
Frederiksted, VI 00840
Phone: (340) 713-8436
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