In response to the ongoing power grid challenges in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Julian Bishop, president of Armrey Industries Inc., accompanied by Jean Bishop, the owner, calls for heightened support for local businesses in implementing resiliency measures such as solar panels, batteries and generators.
Armrey Industries, a pivotal establishment on St. Croix’s development landscape since 1961, has been significantly hampered by the unstable power supply in the region. In a passionate public plea, Julian Bishop brings to light the critical need for sustainable solutions.
“While we acknowledge the efforts being made to upgrade the power grid, there is an immediate need for direct support to businesses for resiliency measures. Solar panels, batteries and generators are not just backup options; they are necessities for the survival and growth of businesses like ours,” Julian Bishop said.
Despite progress in grid upgrades, including the Wärtsilä Generation Unit 5 at the Randolph Harley Power Plant and FEMA’s involvement in hardening the grid, businesses continue to face power instability.
Gov. Albert Bryan’s request for increased Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to strengthen the electric grids underscores the urgent need for infrastructural development.
The call to action by Bishop is clear: provide immediate and practical support to businesses for resiliency against power outages. This includes financial incentives or grants for solar panels, batteries and generators, which are essential in ensuring uninterrupted operations.
“We urge the government and relevant agencies to consider targeted support for businesses to acquire sustainable power solutions. This is not just
about weathering the current crisis; it’s about future-proofing our economy,” Julian Bishop said.