UVI Plans Special VI Energy Fair on Both Campuses in October

Virgin Islands Energy Office

The V.I. Energy Office (VIEO) and the Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) invite the public to attend the inaugural VI Energy Sustainability Fair. The theme will be: empowering Virgin Islanders to transition towards energy independence and become more resilient.

The events will take place at the Elridge Blake Sports and Fitness Center on the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas on Oct. 15, and the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Oct. 30. Both events will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

Activities will include interactive workshops, live demonstrations, and the chance to meet with vendors, professionals and leaders in the territory to hear more about the future of energy in the VI.

The VI Children’s Museum will be there with activities for the children, and the first 100 people will get a free giveaway.

Nissan Leaf electric cars lined up in Charlotte Amalie for the start of the electric car Poker Run. (Photo from Drive Green VI Facebook page)
Nissan Leaf electric cars lined up in Charlotte Amalie for the start of the electric car Poker Run. (Photo from Drive Green VI Facebook page)

Workshops include Residential Solar, WAPA and Renewable Energy, Household Tools and Tips, Internet of Things, Composting, Powering Through a Blackout, Electric Cars, Cistern Maintenance, Desalinization and Water Quality, as well as “Reduce, Reuse and Recycling.”

Outdoor Demonstrations include composting displays and a chance to chat with experts from the Virgin Islands Conservation Society and the V.I. Department of Agriculture plus a large showcase of electric cars presented by the VI Electric Vehicle Association North (VIEVAN) and the VI Energy Office

Panels include The Future of Renewable Energy in the USVI, and All about Electric Vehicles.

Solarize St. Thomas solar panels (Submitted photo)

Exhibitors and Vendors include Pro Solar Systems, Silver Sun Solar, Electric Factory, ECO Innovations, Carib Sun Energy, VI Electric Vehicle Association North (VIEVAN), the VI Water and Power Authority and the V.I. Energy Office will all focus on renewable energy. Exhibitors focused on sustainability and resilience efforts in the territory include UVI Caribbean Green Technology Center, VI Conservation Society, VI Marine Advisory Service, V.I. Waste Management Authority, V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, St. Thomas Rotary East ECO, Seven Seas Water, Island Green Living, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VI Montessori and Peter Gruber International Academy School, VI Children’s Museum, V.I. Department of Agriculture, and The Red Cross.

To learn more about the Energy Fair contact the Caribbean Green Technology Center at cgtc@uvi.edu  or visit www.cgtc-usvi.org/energy-fair.

This event is supported by the University of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Energy Office, the Home Depot Foundation, BMR Energy, the U.S.

Department of Interior, Freepoint Commodities, Barefoot Architects, ProSolar Systems, Silver Sun Solar, The Market & Moe’s Fresh Market, Algas Organics, the V.I. Waste Management Authority, Electric Factory, and Ion Vehicle Technology LLC.

STT EnergyFair Agenda