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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Ends On Dec. 7

The VI SHIP/Medicare program has announced that Medicare beneficiaries and persons newly eligible for Medicare can make changes to their…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Educational Complex Holds Spanish Spelling Bee

Top spellers in the St. Croix Educational Complex foreign language classes competed in a Spanish spelling bee as their cheering classmates filled the school’s library last Thursday -- a culminating activity for the school’s observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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2014-10-23 00:04:54
Philanthropist Peter Gruber Dies

Peter Gruber, a businessman who donated generously to various entities in the Virgin Islands and around the world, died Saturday after a long illness, with his wife Patricia at his side

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2014-10-22 23:17:02
Ferry and Sailboat Collide Near Red Hook

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a collision between Varlack Venture’s ferry, Capitol Venture, and the 65-foot sailboat New Horizons. The collision occurred Monday, according to the Coast Guard.

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2014-10-22 22:25:56
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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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