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  • In 2020, propane generated about two-thirds of the U.S. Virgin Islands' electricity, fuel oil about one-third, and solar energy about 2%. 
  • The average price of electricity paid by U.S. Virgin Island residents was about 43 cents per kilowatthour in mid-2021, which was more than three times higher than the U.S. average power price of 14 cents.
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands requires that solar-powered water heaters provide 70% of a building's heated water needs in all new construction and major renovations.
  • The Hovensa petroleum refinery resumed operations in February 2021, but was shut down a few months later and then sold in December 2021 to a new company that plans to restart the facility.
  • In 2020, less than 10% of the U.S. Virgin Islands' electricity generating capacity was fueled by renewables, with almost two-thirds of that capacity coming from customer-installed, small rooftop solar panel systems and about one-third from large solar energy facilities.

Last Updated: January 20, 2022

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University of the Virgin Islands, Caribbean Green Technology Center

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