Solar Goes to the Virgin Islands!

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A federal building on the island of St. Croix prepares to go solar and achieve zero net energy. It will be the first net zero energy General Services Administration building in the country.

 

Most of us mainlanders think of the Virgin Islands as a tropical vacation destination. But there’s a lot more going on there than just that.

Part of what’s going on, naturally, is solar power. Christiansted, a town on the island of Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will soon be the site of the first net zero energy General Services Administration (GSA) building in the country. That will be achieved with the help of a PV solar array, which will support the energy needs for the Federal Building and Courthouse of St. Croix.

Unirac, Inc., a Hilti Group Company and a provider of solar PV mounting solutions in North America, has been selected by Dynamic Solar Solutions to provide 469 kW of Ground Mount Steel (GMS) for the installation. The project broke ground in late December 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2014.

The project is part of an Energy Savings Performance contract (ESCO) between Schneider Electric and GSA, with a performance guarantee of 18 years.

“We selected Unirac because of our exceptional past experience with them,” said Leonardo Lebron Torres, P.E. and President of Dynamic Solar Solutions. “Unirac consistently provides excellent engineering and project support for their products. The GMS solution is fast and easy to install, ultimately providing cost savings for our projects.”