Wind Power Opportunities in St. Thomas, USVI: A Site-Specific Evaluation and Analysis

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    This NREL technical report utilizes a development framework originated by NREL and known by the acronym SROPTTC to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in identifying and understanding concrete opportunities for wind power development in the territory. The report covers each of the seven components of the SROPTTC framework: Site, Resource, Off-take, Permitting, Technology, Team, and Capital as theyapply to wind power in the USVI and specifically to a site in Bovoni, St. Thomas. The report concludes that Bovoni peninsula is a strong candidate for utility-scale wind generation in the territory. It represents a reasonable compromise in terms of wind resource, distance from residences, and developable terrain. Hurricane risk and variable terrain on the peninsula and on potential equipmenttransport routes add technical and logistical challenges but do not appear to represent insurmountable barriers. In addition, integration of wind power into the St. Thomas power system will present operational challenges, but based on experience in other islanded power systems, there are reasonable solutions for addressing these challenges.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages100
    StatePublished - 2012

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-7A20-55415


    • DOE
    • Edin, U.S. Virgin Islands
    • energy development
    • island nations
    • island wind
    • St. Croix
    • St. Thomas
    • U.S. Virgin Islands
    • USVI
    • wind energy
    • wind power
    • wind turbines


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