Work to start on Virgin Islands biogas power plant

A new 7MW biogas power plant will be built in Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands after the project received government approval at the end of March.

Renewable energy development company Tibbar Energy is behind the project, which was granted final approval by the Virgin Island Department on Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). The CMZ decision was the last step Tibbar needed in order to begin construction.

The biogas plant will supply renewable electricity to the Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA) for the next 25 years, generated from Giant King Grass grown on the island.

'We are required to begin producing power by December 2015 pursuant to the power purchase agreement,' explains Tania Tomyn, Tibbar Energy CEO. 'WAPA has no other base load renewable power source and our project will allow WAPA to be compliant under the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Tibbar's general contractor will begin site work as early as May or June and the expected schedule is 18 months for both the farming operations and the biogas plant.'

Tibbar executed the long-term power purchase agreement with WAPA last July, with a five year extension option for $0.245/kWh and at the same time formed an interconnection agreement.

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