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Students Complete Summer Training Programs in Agricultural Science

Six Virgin Islands students recently completed comprehensive training programs in agricultural science at Alcorn State University (ASU) in Loran, Mississippi,…

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V.I. GDP Shrank In 2013, Economy Still in Recession

The territory's economy shrank in 2013, indicating the territory remains mired in recession, with gross domestic product decreasing 5.4 percent to $3.79 billion last year, according to data released Tuesday.

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2014-08-20 00:44:30
Burger King, Save-A-Lot, Coming to St. Croix

A Burger King and a Save-A-Lot Grocery are coming soon to Island Crossings Shopping Center, the St. Croix's newest shopping center and home to Home Depot home improvement warehouse store.

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2014-08-20 00:21:27
WVGN Radio Sold

Local radio station WVGN 107.3 FM, home to NPR, has been sold. Former owners say more local programming needs to be integrated.

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2014-08-20 00:02:19
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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.

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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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