U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar and Wind Easements & Rights Laws (Virgin Islands)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar and Wind Easements and Rights Laws|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Access Policy|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Small Wind, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind|
|Energy Category|| Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
|Date added to DSIRE||2005-05-01|
|Last DSIRE Review|| 2012-12-17
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the owner of a solar or wind-energy system is permitted to negotiate for assurance of continued access to the system’s energy source. "Solar or wind-energy system" is defined as "any system that converts, stores, collects, protects or distributes the kinetic energy of the sun or wind into mechanical, chemical or electrical energy to provide power generation for the heating of water, the heating and cooling of buildings or other structures, and other similar purposes."
Furthermore, any covenant, condition or restriction contained in any deed, contract, mortgage, security instrument or other instrument pertaining to a conveyance, sale or transfer of real property or interest may not prohibit or unreasonably limit the installation or use of a solar or wind-energy system. A covenant, condition or restriction is considered "unreasonable" if it significantly increases the cost and expense of the solar or wind-energy system to its owner or user, or significantly decreases its efficiency, or otherwise effectively discourages the installation or use of a system.
The height of small wind turbines are determined by regulations for small wind energy system and the height of utility scale wind turbines are restricted on to the extent that they are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
|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:||12 V.I.C. § 1154 et seq.|
|Date Enacted|| 2007 (subsequently amended)
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.