U.S. Virgin Islands - Net Metering (Virgin Islands)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||U.S. Virgin Islands - Net Metering|
|Incentive Type||Net Metering|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Fed. Government, Institutional, Local Government, Residential, Schools, State Government, Tribal Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Small Wind, Wind, or other Renewable Energy System|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit||5 MW for St. Croix; 10 MW for St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and other territorial islands|
|Meter Aggregation||Not addressed|
|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|
|System Capacity Limit||500 kW for government; 100 kW for commercial; 20 kW for residential|
|Date added to DSIRE||2007-05-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-12-19|
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.
|Contact Name||Don Buchanan|
|Division||Virgin Islands Energy Office|
|Address||4101 Mars Hill|
|Place||St. Croix, Virgin Islands|
|Phone||(340) 713-8436 Ext:3612|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Act 7075|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.