Wind Power Opportunities in St. Thomas, USVI: A Site-Specific Evaluation and Analysis.
Author: Lantz, E.; Warren, A.; Roberts, J. O.; Gevorgian, V.
Pages/Volumes: 100 pp.
Publication Year: 2012
Document Type: Research Report
NTIS/GPO Number: 1052905
Subject Code Description: Deployment and Market Transformation
Abstract: 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 they apply 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 equipment transport 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.
Accession Number: 55415
Library Notes: NPL-1209 REV
Report Numbers: TP-7A20-55415
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