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Spanish Town Estate Solar Project

(Thursday, August 15, 2013)

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Groundbreaking Ceremony

Friday, August 16, 2013
10 a.m.
St. Croix , Virgin Islands

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History

On June 4, 2012 the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority signed solar power purchase and interconnection agreements with three companies. Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) was one of two companies chosen to provide solar energy to the island of St. Croix. Like several of the other green energy initiatives that the Authority is pursuing, this project will result in lowering energy costs for its customers. With the addition of solar energy, the Authority will be less dependent on expensive fossil fuel. With the other solar installations, there will be a total of 18 megawatts (MW) of solar power generated throughout the territory which represents approximately 15%of the territory’s peak load demand.

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On June 11, 2012 the Public Services Commission (PSC) voted to approve the power purchase agreements (PPAs) that VIWAPA executed with the solar power providers. Under the PPA, TIC will engineer, procure and construct a 5 MW peak, 4MW AC ground mounted photovoltaic power plant and connect this plant directly to the new WAPA Midland Substation at Estate Spanish Town. This plant is currently designed to include approximately 19,600, 255W photovoltaic modules connected to eight 500kW inverters. There will be approximately 817 solar racking structures mounted to follow the site terrain on driven piles. The inverters will be housed in buildings to protect them from the environment.

Construction and operation of the plant offer several other benefits. Environmentally, the 8,000 MWH/yr. renewable energy helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the territory since no fuel is needed to generate those 4 megawatts of power. This helps to reduce the Authority’s carbon footprint at the Richmond Plant and improve air quality for the surrounding community. The construction phase will utilize local labor and technical services, so will the operation and maintenance of the plant. This is an asset to the struggling job market on St. Croix. Finally, the project will reduce VIWAPA’s dependence on the higher cost energy and diversify away from its reliance on fuel oil. The use of solar power will contribute to a reduction in the fuel surcharge paid by all WAPA customers.

VIWAPA thanks TIC for partnering with us as we continue to bring, environmentally-friendly options for energy generation in the Virgin Islands. The project is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2014.


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