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

Last DSIRE Review: 12/19/2012
Program Overview:
State: Virgin Islands
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Institutional
Residential Code:Solar water heaters are required on all new residential, commercial, and government development projects constructed after 07/03/2009 (effective date of the law).
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Act 7075

In July 2009, U.S. Virgin Islands enacted legislation Act 7075. This legislation requires all new developments, and substantial building modifications, must be installed with 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.



  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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