According to WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge, Jr, the 18 megawatts of solar power will represent approximately 15 percent of the USVI’s peak load.
“This securing of a certain portion of our generation portfolio, which is not tied to a commodity that can fluctuate in the market, is a significant step,” Hodge said.
The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has signed solar power and purchase and interconnection agreements with three companies to provide energy for the territory.
There will be three St Croix solar array sites placed across the island. The solar arrays will be constructed on the canopy-covroered parking at Tutu Park Mall in St Thomas, as well as near the Home Depot.
Construction of the sites, which will not require a cash outlay from WAPA or the government, will begin upon approval of the Public Services Commission of the rates to support the power purchases.
The companies that signed the agreements included Sun Edison, which has deployed similar projects in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, Lanco Group and Toshiba International.
Exerpts/Photo from: Caribbean Journal