Division of Banking and Insurance to Close for Two Days

The Division of Banking and Insurance will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

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Woodley Charged with Firearm Possession

Karim Woodley, 39, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after being charged in a three-count information, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. 

2016-10-24 18:34:55
Police Arrest Suspect Believed 'Armed and Dangerous'

The V.I. Police Department on Saturday arrested 21-year-old Ameade Williams, who police said was considered armed and dangerous. 

2016-10-24 17:54:57
Beach Advisory for October 17-21

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

2016-10-22 03:11:15
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WAPA Receives 27 Proposals for Solar Power Project

More than two-dozen companies responded to a request for proposals (RFP) by the V.I. Water and Power Authority to purchase solar photovoltaic generation from independent power producers, the utility announced.

WAPA's bid process for the project closed Tuesday, and Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. said the utility received 27 bids.

“We are excited about the large number of respondents who have made submissions and are looking forward to diversifying our generating portfolio by adding renewables to the mix,” he said.

The authority is seeking photovoltaic generation to lower the cost of power production in the territory. The RFP said the utility will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement to procure electricity generated from solar energy from one or more selected companies with an option to renew for another five years. Winning bidders will be responsible for constructing, operating, and maintaining the projects.

WAPA is seeking a maximum of 10 megawatts of electrical capacity, allocating approximately five each to its generation facilities on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

According to Hodge, the bid documents submitted by the 27 companies will be examined by an evaluation committee made up of WAPA technical personnel, representatives from Energy Development in Island Nations from the U.S. Department of Energy, and other technical and legal consultants. He said the the committee will short-list the bidders, probably by Oct. 25, and then begin negotiations with the selected respondents.

The RFP, which can be viewed in the link below, called for a guaranteed commercial operation date of December 2013.

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Hey, Hello! Has anyone read about the "success" of solar power? You may as well dump the money into the sea.

What's the typical cost of the 25 year contract? Ironically, leasing or renting is always more lucrative for the territory.
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