Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations
Ministry of Communication and WorksRelease Date:
Friday, 11 November 2016 - 1:45pm
The Energy Policy is a guideline on how the Territory of the Virgin Islands should execute its alternative energy initiatives and was passed in the House of Assembly on October 13. The policy also precedes the implementation of the Renewable Energy Programme which is the overarching action plan.
Here are a few facts about the programme.
- The Renewable Energy Programme commenced in 2013 with a 10-year plan.
- Courses in Renewable Energy commenced at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the summer of 2014.
- In May 2015, the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (Amendment) Act 2015 was passed amending the 1979 ordinance allowing provision for the development and management of renewable energy. This means, private companies and individuals, with the approval of the Ministry of Communications and Works and the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), can produce energy through renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro etc.
- In April 2016, a Renewable Energy education campaign was launched to educate students on the importance of renewable energy as well as reducing, reusing and recycling items towards a greener, cleaner environment.
- The Energy Policy aims to guide the Territory in replacing 30% of the national electricity supply with renewable energy by 2023 in diversifying the way energy is produced in the Territory.
- Following a solar street lighting pilot programme, 50 solar street lights were purchased in 2016 and are being installed in select areas.
To view the released Energy Policy of the Virgin Islands click here or visit the Ministry of Communications and Works’ page on the Government’s website at www.bvi.gov.vg.