OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR VIRGIN ISLANDS ENERGY OFFICEThe Mission of the VIEO is to promote energy efficiency and advocate the use of renewable energytechnology for the public and private sectors, and residents of the Virgin Islands through energyeducation, outreach, financial incentives, and technical assistance.
ARRA Discretionary Grant Program• 22 projects for non-profits• $50,000 grant available for each project• Grantees included churches, the Boy Scouts, daycare centers and community centers• Substantial reduction in each organizations electric bill was achieved
Boy Scouts on St. Croix had solar panels installed at Camp
St. Croix ReformedChurch on the hill inLe Reine erected a10 Kw wind turbineusing grant moneyWTJX installed solarlights in its parking loton St. Croix
St. Ann’s used the grant money to install solar panels
Training waspart of theimplementationprocess for theTropical Energycode
Solar water heaterinstallations wereinspected by Energy Officestaff
Renewable Energy Projects took off when rebates were offered
Residents has a short opportunity to get rebates on energyefficient vehicles like the Prius hybrid
The Rebate Program for Energy Star applianceswas well promoted and met with great success
ESCO Program brings Energy Efficiency to schoolsNew, efficient lighting inside and outside the schools was just part of thework done retrofitting 11 public schools to bring down their power bills
Working with government Agencies The Energy Office worked with the Department of Public Works, left to install LED traffic lights and with WAPA to install LED street lights
Photovoltaic Solar Panel System at Cyril E. King Airport• 450 Kilowatt system• Life span 20 years• Funded by $2.9 million in ARRA funds• Expected savings on Port Authority bill is from $33,000 to $45,000 monthly
Photovoltaic Solar Panel System at Cyril E. King AirportProducing enough electricity each day to power 450 VirginIsland residents’ homes
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMChanging to compactflorescent bulbs Surge protectors mounted on walls Energy efficient shower heads
Working with the VI Water and Power AuthorityWAPA’s Edwin Milligan addresses EnergyOffice staff, right, at workshop. At left, workers install LED lights at WHIM museum in a project that WAPA and the Energy Office worked as a team.
And always reaching out to residents about ways to be more energy efficient.