The St. Thomas Source
The first phase of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s plan to develop an 18-megawatt electrical microgrid, complete with a battery storage system, for the west end of St. Croix has received an initial wave of federal funding.
The monies will cover costs associated with the design and engineering of the project.
In a news release issued on Friday, WAPA interim Executive Director Noel Hodge said the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $4.4 million on April 2.
“We are certainly pleased to see the first phase of this very important project approved for federal funding. WAPA can now begin the engineering studies and design of the St. Croix microgrid, which encompasses one component of the authority’s five-year strategic transformation plan. The entire project, which is federally funded, will total more than $129 million,” Hodge said.