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Bordeaux Market Gets Free Solar
Nothing is more natural than getting energy from the sun, so, naturally, at the Bordeaux Farmers Rastafarian Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair the agriculture community Saturday celebrated with spirit a new solar installation at the fairgrounds. There was handshaking, pats on the backs, hugs and applause.
The system, turned on and tested Thursday, was made possible by donations from the Virgin Islands Energy Office and Solential West Indies and its partners. The 4.5-kw photovoltaic system installed on the roof of the market shelter came at no cost to the farmers.
Sixty, 75-watt panels were provided by the Energy Office. Solential West Indies donated wiring, support racks, and labor. Chint Power donated the inverter. The system will be net metered and should provide a savings of approximately $285 a month.
The benefactor of these savings will be We Grow Food Inc. who operates out of the market. If We Grow Food had to install the system, it would have cost the organization over $20,000.
Commissioner Petersen said, “This contribution demonstrates the Administration’s continued commitment to the development of the farming community in the Virgin Islands.”
James Shaw, of Solential, said, “Solential is pleased to be able to contribute to a vibrant and fundamental part of the Virgin Island community.” He added, “We could not have done it with our partners -- Florida Welding, James Adams Electrical and Chint Power.”
Director Karl Knight, V. I. Energy Office, also commented on the partnerships that made the project possible. He said, “Our efforts to be self-sustainable in energy and with agriculture make all Virgin Islanders natural partners. “
Commissioner Louis Petersen, Jr., Department of Agriculture; Director Karl Knight, V. I. Energy Office; and James Shaw, Solential West Indies made brief statements to an audience of about 40 persons seated and others just passing by and enjoying the fair.
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