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Energy Office
4101 Estate Mars Hill
Frederiksted, VI, 00840
Telephone 340.713.8436
Fax 340.772.0063


St. Thomas Office
4605 Tutu Mall, Suite 231l
Telephone 714-8436
Fax 776-1914
 

 
 

      

    Energy Office Giving Rebates on Solar Water Heaters

    The Virgin Islands Energy Office offering rebates at the end of 2012 to residents for purchasing solar water heaters from local vendors, but the money has been expended.
            The program covered residential, solar water heaters of 120 gallons or less, approved by the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation. A household could receive a maximum of two solar water heaters. The rebate was for $1,250 for heaters with an OG-300 rating and up to $1,000 for those with an OG-100 rating. Funds are
    limited and rebates will be given on a first-come,
    first-serve basis as long as funds are available.
            Residents were advised to contact the Energy Office at 4101 Mars Hill on St. Croix (713-8436) or in Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas (714-8436) prior to making their purchase. Supervising the rebate program is Leila Muller. Her email address is Leila.muller@eo.vi.gov.

    Below are some articles that give some of the history of the robust rebate programs that the Energy Office funded over the last three decades.

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    Vendors received instructions on rebate programs before the programs went into effect.

    Energy Star Rebate Program Nears End
    The Energy Star appliance rebate program will end on August 15, 2011. Energy Office Director Bevan R. Smith Jr. said, “The program is a victim of its own success. Over 1,700 residents have participated in the program and benefitted from stimulus funds.”
           
    The Energy Office had originally budget $500,000 for the program that rebated 30 percent of the purchase cost to residents who purchased energy efficient appliances. A request has been made to the Department of Energy to increase that budget by $230,000. The program began in September of 2009 and is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
           
    Purchases made before August 15, 2010 will be eligible to receive rebates, but the applications must be turn into the Energy Office before Sept. 15, 2010. So far $274,000 in payments have been made in the program and an amount almost equal is still pending.
           
    Smith added, “The Energy Office processed almost double the applications predicted. Although, some returns were not as quick as we would have liked, no major problems occurred.”
           
    This will not affect the Energy Office’s rebate program for alternative energy systems or its solar water heater programs or rebates for certain other energy efficiency items. The solar water heater program still has about $3 million in funds to be expended and the renewable energy rebate program has $2 million left to expend.
           
    State Energy Program

    Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010

    2KW Electric Systems:
         Solar, Wind & Hybrid (Solar & Wind) 50% Product cost up to $13,300 - Limit 1 per cycle
          System products include: inverters, charge controller, battery bank, p/v panels, wind generator, tower. (One time purchase of all system components listed above: procurement outside the USVI requires submission of two USVI price quotes, mainland price quote and Energy Office approval prior to purchase.

    Solar Water Heater………………………………………Limit 2 per cycle
         39 Gallons & below up to 120 Gallons..........................50 percent off purchase price, max $2,500

    Other Energy Efficient Products

    Electric Water Heater Timer……… 25% off purchase price – Limit 1 per cycle

    Air Condition Units…30% off (Max Res $1000, Bus $2000) – Limit 1 per cycle

    LED…..................................................30% off (Max Res $1000, Bus $2000)

    Window Film.........................................30% off (Max Res $1000, Bus $2000)

    Thermal Control Membrane....................30% off (Max Res $1000, Bus $2000)

    ARRA RENEWABLE & ENERGY STAR

    Oct. 1, 2009 to April. 30, 2012

     Items must BE PURCHASED in theU.S. Virgin Islands to be eligible for the rebate

     

    System Components………………………...…Limit 1 per cycle

     Photovoltaic Panels ……...................................50 % off purchase price (Limit 2 KW)

    Wind Turbine Generator w/tower………...........50% off purchase price (Max $7,000)

    Sine Wave Inverter……………………….........50% off purchase price (Max $3,000)

    Deep Cycle Battery Bank……….…..................50% off purchase price (Max $3,000)

    Charge Controller…………………………........50% off purchase price (Max $300)

     

    Energy Star products on www.energystar.gov....30 % off items $200 or more (Max Res $1000, Bus $2000)

    Vendors the Energy Office has dealt with


    All Rounder Systems 719-5500; Altona Trading & Sales 774-3373; Caribbean Wind Energy 772-7772; Eagle Energy 998-7084;  Electricity Wise Strategies………773-9473; Energy All Over 344-0552; Gallows Bay Hardware 773-1034;Green Power V.I., Inc 776-2697;Go Green/On The Level 719-3783;Pangaea Solar & Electric 776-9628;I Energy 719-5440; Pro Forma, Inc 693-7040; Industrial Automation 779-3660; Quantum 777-5638;  M & M Construction773-1500; Sapphire International 244-7401;Quad State Solar 344-6887; Silent Power 774-5875;  Quality Electric Supply 773-4630; Solar Systems 715-4000; Solar Delivered 718-4266; Supply Resources, Inc 775-7483; Solar Solutions 514-4704; Virgin Energies 643-1736; Sustainable Systems 718-4711;  West Indies Windsurfing 775-6530; V.I. Solar Depot 718-0234; West Indies Solair773-4790.
          
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    Energy Office Extending, Expanding Rebates
    The Virgin Islands Energy Office is finalizing its plans for expanded rebate and grant programs which will be kicking off shortly.

    However, it is not ready to abandon its 2008-2009 Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Rebate Program and the Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program yet.  All purchases made from August 1, 2009 until the beginning of the 2009-2010 programs will be honored. Specific program rules and requirements remain applicable, and purchases must be made from 2008-2009 certified rebate vendors.  Completed applications must be submitted to the VIEO within 30 days of the purchase date to be eligible for the rebate.

    On the immediate horizon are programs utilizing funds received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These programs will offer an expanded/ramped-up rebate and discretionary grant program, and a newly awarded Weatherization Assistance Program. Details are now being finalized and will shortly be available at the Energy Office website – www.vienergy.org.
    According to the Energy Office, the effort is to make the programs as attractive as possible to Virgin Island residents. However, federal regulations limit the percentage for rebates and to whom grants can be made.
    The discretionary grant program will support energy efficiency or alternative energy projects. However, through the Weatherization Assistance Program, energy efficiency measures will be available to low-income families. This program is for those who are particularly vulnerable such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children.
    Available is about $31 million dollars for formula based grants. The funds are divided in three categories – State Energy Program, $20.7 million; Weatherization Assistance Program, $1.4 million; Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants, $9.6 million.
    The Energy Office’s goals under the State Energy Program are:

    • Increase energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and consumption for consumers, businesses and government
    • Reduce reliance on imported fuels
    • Improve the reliability of electricity and fuel supply and the delivery of energy services
    • Reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment