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V.I. Energy Blast for November

Energy Office Grant Program Online The Virgin Islands Energy Office is accepting Discretionary Grant Applications from non-profit organizations to assist with energy efficiency projects to include energy education outreach, building retrofits, and solar outdoor lighting. The grant programs are designed to assist community groups, civic organizations, schools and institutions in successfully implementing energy efficiency/renewable energy projects. Grant limits were increased to $50,000 under this program as funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and administered by the Energy Office, a division of the Office of the Governor.

A one-day, free workshop will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the University of the Virgin Islands Administration and Conference Center, Room 142-1B, on St. Thomas, with simultaneous video cast at UVI St. Croix Campus Great Hall, Room 134. Industry experts will present valuable information on the Discretionary Grant Program, Energy Audits, Grant Application Procedures, Federal Reporting Requirements, and much more.
Bevan R. Smith, Jr., director, encourages all non-profit organizations and individuals who provide technical support and assistance to grant applicants in areas of proposal development, grant application packaging, product selection and monitoring requirements of successful grant recipients to attend.
Workshop registrations are accepted via e-mail at tdiggs@vienergy.org. For more information contact Joseph Daniel at 774-3320, ext. 6108.
Workshop Presentations Can Be Downloaded The Energy Office in October held two days of workshops to help developers, builders, architects and bankers develop practices to cut energy consumption in new and renovated buildings.
Then in early November the Energy Office held a workshop for a group of residents working to promote the harvesting of wind energy in the Virgin Islands. A presentation on Virgin Islands Wind Resources was made by an expert from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at that workshop.
All the presentations are available online at www.vienergy.org in the menu bar under Presentations
Estate Concordia to Show off Energy Efficiency A reception at Estate Concordia Preserve will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, to introduce the new EcoStudios, a sustainable building. A host of energy efficient items will be on display as well as a solar water heater and a wind turbine.
Nearing completion, the EcoStudios are designed to qualify as Energy Star rated homes and are the first buildings to apply for certification by the Island Green Builders Association. Hosted by owner, Stanley Selengut, the reception will include an opportunity to discuss the Glen Speer building design and details with Margaret Majette of St. John Projects construction management, Steve Slade of Pangaea Solar and Electric and the Concordia construction team and will include a short presentation on wind energy by architect Doug White.
Energy Office rebate information will also be available. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by Café Concordia.
Speakers Available The Energy Office will continue rolling out programs being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act over the next couple of months.
If you are having a gathering where it would be appropriate for the Energy Office to give a presentation or just offer information, call Don Buchanan at 773-1082, ext 2239.
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