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Wind Measuring Devices Available for Loan by Energy Office

The Virgin Islands Energy Office has initiated a program so residents can verify the adequacy of the wind resources at their prospective sites before making an investment in wind energy. The recently initiated Wind Anemometer Loan Program’s goal is to spur small-scale, wind development in the territory. Anemometers are wind measuring instruments used to collect wind data that can be used to determine the feasibility of installing wind turbine equipment at a specific site.
To ensure that the installation of a wind turbine is worthwhile at any location, the wind resource should be measured exactly at that location. Wind resources can vary over short distances. Trees, hills and buildings all have an effect on how much wind reaches a certain place. Although wind resource maps are helpful, they are not always precise.
Wind anemometers will be available for loan throughout the territory. They will be loaned to residents for a 12-month period, based on availability and selection criteria. The Energy Office (VIEO) will assume responsibility for funding for transporting the anemometers, their installation, and permitting. VIEO will also maintain them and be responsible for collection of the data.
For more information about the program, contact Carl Joseph at 714-8436, ext. 4304 or Patricia Lord at 713-8436, ext. 3603. The program is made possible with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

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