U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Construction (Virgin Islands)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Virgin Islands
Name U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Construction
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Institutional, Local Government, Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Residential, State Government
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Residential Code Solar water heaters are required on all new residential, commercial, and government development projects constructed after 07/03/2009 (effective date of the law).

Date added to DSIRE 2009-07-03
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-19

References DSIRE[1]


In July 2009, U.S. Virgin Islands enacted legislation Act 7075. This legislation requires all new developments, and substantial building modifications, must be installed with energy efficient solar water heaters to provide at least 70% of the building's water heating needs. This is for all building types: residential, commercial, and governmental.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources may provide a waiver if a significant cost burden is shown. The Department will verify compliance with this requirement at the time development, construction and/or building permits are reviewed.

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

Website http://www.vienergy.org/

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

Authority 1: Act 7075
Date Enacted 07/2009

  • 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)"