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Peter Island, a 7 square-km resort island just south of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is installing 500 kW of wind power as part of a new wind-diesel hybrid project being implemented to upgrade the resort’s electricity supply system.

The wind installation, comprised of  2 x 250 kW WES30 Mk1 Hybrid turbines from Wind Energy Solutions in the Netherlands, is forecast to provide approximately 60% of the resort’s energy requirements.

The project includes a new 3 x 550 kW diesel power station in a new location, to replace the existing 4 x 750 kW station; a new control system to manage the wind and diesel power sources and a new desalination facility to provide potable water.

The project also incorporates a new service center that will be partly powered by photovoltaics and will be used to test other renewable energy technologies prior to use in other installations on the island.

According to the Peter Island Wind Project blog, an online documentary on the project, the installation “will be the first commercial alternative energy project to support an island grid in the BVI territory” and is expected to save more than 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually.

The project was defined as a green project from its inception, when Peter Island Resort commissioned the URS Corporation to conduct a sustainability study of its resort, with a view to moving the resort towards ‘triple zero’ goals related to energy, water and waste.

Commissioning of the wind turbines is scheduled for January 2010.

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