A 448-kW PV system installed at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas in April 2011. <em>Photo by Adam Warren, NREL 18953</em>

Faced with electricity prices more than four times higher than the U.S. average, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr. set an aggressive goal in February 2010 to reduce the territory's almost total dependence on fossil fuel 60% by 2025.

The establishment of clear and well-defined interconnection policies and procedures has been a significant factor in the success USVI has achieved in pursuit of its 2025 goal. The USVI tapped into outside technical expertise and leveraged model interconnection standards developed by similar communities to develop a draft interconnection procedure, working collaboratively with local stakeholders and project partners to ensure that the procedure it ultimately adopted would encourage and promote renewable energy development without compromising the safety and reliability of the electricity distribution system.