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Announced this week, Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. said that the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has just signed two 20-year Power Purchase Agreements and the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (WMA) has just signed two 20-year Solid Waste Management Services Agreements with affiliates of Denver-based Alpine Energy Group LLC (Alpine) to build, own and operate two alternative energy facilities to serve the residents of St. Thomas/St. John’s and St. Croix.

“These plants will begin moving WAPA away from complete dependency on fossil fuel for electric power generation and water production and it will be the first time in Virgin Islands history that fossil fuel has not been used to generate electricity and potable water. It is also the first time that the government has developed a viable solution to the landfill and solid waste issues in the Virgin Islands,” deJongh said.

Each facility will divert essentially all of the municipal solid waste from landfills and provide 33 MW of electric power to St. Thomas/St. John and 16 MW of electric power to St. Croix. Construction is expected to commence in May 2010 with an anticipated completion date during the fourth quarter of 2012. In St. Croix, the Alpine facility will be built in the Anguilla area near the Krause Lagoon, southwest of the Hovensa refinery.

deJongh hopes his nation’s decision will spur other Caribbean countries toward alternative energy. “Using this combination to address solid waste management and energy needs is a step we hope will further inspire the other Caribbean nations which have experienced similar challenges to consider alternative and renewable energy fuel sources to make energy more affordable for their utility customers.”

Read about the principals in their press release at PRNewsWire.