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UVI's Partners
Veriown

V

eriown, Inc. is an innovative energy com-

currently have high energy costs due to a lack

the IIT microgrid test bed. The demonstration

of production and/or distribution.

consisted of a distributed smart solar photo-

pany that helps businesses, universities,

voltaic system with battery installation on the

governments, and other institutions harness

The Robert W. Galvin Center

IIT smart microgrid. The project included build-

their on-site distributed solar and other forms of

The Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity innova-

ing roof sites of various size systems and was

distributed energy as well as lock in long-term,

tion at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

designed to support the demonstration of novel

predictable energy rates with little to no capital

has pursued groundbreaking work in renewable-

solar power systems in residential, commercial,

expense. Veriown has developed and is further

energy deployment and microgrid design over

and microgrid environments. The Galvin Center is

developing clean tech energy systems that are

the last decade. It has completed the first phase

pursuing the full scope of its smart solar installa-

based around providing power to areas that

of a next-generation smart solar installation on

tion across 17 buildings on the IIT microgrid.

The Solar Power Deployment Initiative at UVI
Veriown, Inc., the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity
Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and UVI
will deploy 3.3 MW of solar power at UVI's two campuses.
(See "UVI's Partners.") By the end of 2015, this solar power
deployment initiative will reduce UVI's dependence on fossil fuel by 50%. The PV system will use approximately 5.7
acres on the St. Thomas Campus and 3.9 acres on the
Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This system is expected to produce 5.9 million kWh annually at the St. Thomas
facility and 2.4 million kWh annually
at the St. Croix facility.
The U.S. Virgin Islands, where UVI is
located, have just 110,000 residents, but
energy prices are four to five times higher than those in the continental United
States. Like many islands, the U.S. Virgin
Islands are almost 100% dependent on
imported oil for electricity and water
generation. Residents pay about
US$0.57/kWh to light their homes and
run their appliances, which is 275%
higher than the national average per
unit cost benchmark of US$0.33/kWh.
The solar power deployment initiative
will reduce UVI's electricity price to
US$0.34/kWh (a 33% reduction) via distributed solar power
and an advanced storage system. The savings are expected
to be about US$11 million for the first eight years (a 39%
reduction) and about US$37 million for the first 25 years
(a 52% reduction).
The solar power deployment initiative is also in line with
UVI's Goes Green Initiative, which is a sustainable, environmentally friendly initiative that promotes responsible environmental policies and practices. The Goes Green Initiative currently includes recycling, reusable to-go containers for food,
green cleaning, electric vehicles, and alternative energy.
Through the Goes Green Initiative, UVI is exploring various
opportunities for the production of solar energy on campus.
The initiative signifies an opportunity to unshackle energy

consumers from the grips of traditional models of energy generation and distribution by using distributed solar. It represents the beginning of a new future leading to cleaner, more
efficient, reliable, and lower-cost energy solutions for the U.S.
Virgin Islands. As UVI President David Hall says, "Energy consumption and costs are crippling challenges facing the Virgin
Islands and the broader Caribbean, and this initiative creates a
pathway for addressing the problems." The solar power
deployment initiative is "a historic and transformative development for the university and the Virgin Islands," notes Hall,
and "once this project is completed, UVI
will have blazed a trail that many universities throughout the world are destined to follow."

The U.S. Virgin
Islands have a
tropical climate,
moderated by
easterly trade winds
and with relatively
low humidity.

Project Design for the Solar
Power Deployment Initiative
Project Sites
A summary of the sites and their corresponding solar capacities is shown
in Table 3. A bird's-eye view of the
installation site at the St. Thomas
Campus is shown in Figure 8. The site
is next to the UVI sports complex, as
shown in Figure 9.

Technological Design
In the solar power deployment initiative, Veriown will use
solar production to lower the cost of energy to UVI by more

Table 3. The Project Sites and capacities.
Site Location

ft2

KW

UVI St. Thomas Campus

243,936

2,099

UVI St. Croix Campus

173,673

1,200

Total

417,609

3,299

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