Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA) announced on November 1 that the completion of their propane conversion project, along with the addition of solar power to the grid and the introduction of new, more reliable and efficient generators to the power plants, will lower the cost of electricity while ensuring increased operational efficiency and reliability. In an email to customers and on the WAPA Facebook page, Julio A. Rhymer, Sr., Executive Director/CEO, says:
WAPA has completed the commissioning of two of its three generating units on St. Croix, and the island is now completely powered by propane (LPG). This marks the first time in the utility’s 52-year history that a fuel source other than oil is being burned to generate electricity. Propane is a both a less expensive and cleaner burning fuel.
St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island are expected to be powered by propane in December.
We’re looking forward to seeing lower electricity bills for our own home and the homes of our clients!