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Latest revision as of 08:07, 6 February 2019

Last modified on February 6, 2019.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Virgin Islands
Name U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar and Wind Easements and Rights Laws
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Small Wind, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2005-05-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-17

References DSIRE[1]


In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the owner of a solar or wind-energy system is permitted to negotiate for assurance of continued access to the system’s energy source. "Solar or wind-energy system" is defined as "any system that converts, stores, collects, protects or distributes the kinetic energy of the sun or wind into mechanical, chemical or electrical energy to provide power generation for the heating of water, the heating and cooling of buildings or other structures, and other similar purposes."

Furthermore, any covenant, condition or restriction contained in any deed, contract, mortgage, security instrument or other instrument pertaining to a conveyance, sale or transfer of real property or interest may not prohibit or unreasonably limit the installation or use of a solar or wind-energy system. A covenant, condition or restriction is considered "unreasonable" if it significantly increases the cost and expense of the solar or wind-energy system to its owner or user, or significantly decreases its efficiency, or otherwise effectively discourages the installation or use of a system.

The height of small wind turbines are determined by regulations for small wind energy system and the height of utility scale wind turbines are restricted on to the extent that they are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Don Buchanan
Division Virgin Islands Energy Office
Address 4101 Mars Hill
Address 2 Frederisksted
Place St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Zip/Postal Code 00840
Phone (340) 713-8436 Ext:3612

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 12 V.I.C. § 1154 et seq.
Date Enacted 2007 (subsequently amended)

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"