Residents are being promised the opportunity to sell energy generated from their private Photovoltaic (PV) System to the state-owned BVI Electricity Corporation.
PV systems are effectively solar panels that are used to power buildings.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Anthony McMaster said government is moving forward with plans to roll out renewable energy across the British Virgin Islands.
He said government further plans to implement fresh legislation on renewable energy this year.
“What the legislation does, is it that it allows private citizens and businesses to produce energy. And there are quite a few businesses now in the BVI and a few private homes that actually does the PV system,” McMaster said.
He continued: “What doesn’t happen, which the regulations will take care of, is if you have excess, you are providing more than you require for your business or your home to function — you would actually be able to feed it into the [BVIEC’s electricity] grid and be rewarded for it.”
The permanent secretary explained that government is considering renewable energy in order to reduce the territory’s dependence on fossil fuel.
He further noted the possibility of expanding the BVI’s electricity production over to the sister islands.
“We do not want to be fully reliant on diesel power. We think if we can develop alternate power to the territory it would be beneficial to all, and rather than having all the power being produced on Tortola we could probably have power produced on the sister islands, which could be in the form of solar PV systems, or we could also conduct research on wave technology or wind technology.”
While speaking at a public consultation on Virgin Gorda this week, McMaster said the ministry hopes that 30 percent of the territory will be powered by renewable energy by the year 2030.
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