4101 Estate Mars Hill
Frederiksted, VI, 00840
Telephone 340.713.8436 Fax 340.772.0063
St. Thomas Office
4605 Tutu Mall, Suite 231l
Answers to Net metering FAQs
The Department of Planning and Natural Resources stopped accepting applications for net metering permits in the spring r of 2014 because the program was filled.
The Net metering program started in the Virgin Islands in 2007. The Energy Office, WAPA and the Public Services Commission agreed to cap the program at 10 megawatts on St. Thomas and 5 megawatts on St. Croix.
The caps were arrived at as a percentage of peak power uses on the different islands. St. Thomas uses more power.
The caps are necessary because of the intermittency of renewable energy power. Wind power is not produced when there is no wind. Solar power is not produced at night or on cloudy days.
The utility-size renewable projects are not calculated into the caps.
The caps do not mean that residents cannot have renewable energy installations at their homes or business. The caps only mean that those projects cannot be tied into the grid and use WAPA as a battery.
The Energy Office, WAPA and others have discussed possible ways to raise the cap for certain category of customers, but nothing has been decided as yet.When the caps were set in 2007; WAPA had a significant higher peak power use.
Since power use has dropped, the caps represent a larger percentage of WAPA peak power than was originally intended.