U.S. Virgin Islands - Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Construction

March 05, 2024


In July 2009 the U.S. Virgin Islands enacted legislation creating Act 7075. This legislation requires that all new developments and substantial building modifications install energy efficient solar water heaters to provide at least 70% of the building's water heating needs. This is for all building types: residential, commercial and governmental.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources may provide a waiver if a significant cost burden is shown. The Department will verify compliance with this requirement at the time development, construction and/or building permits are reviewed.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Virgin Islands
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
Residential Code: Solar water heaters are required on all new residential, commercial, and government development projects constructed after 07/03/2009 (effective date of the law).


Name: 12 V.I.C. § 1122
Date Enacted: 07/03/2009


Name: Melissa Carter
Organization: Program Specialist - Virgin Islands Energy Of
Address: #2 Estate Carlton | Suite 3
Frederiksted VI 00840
Phone: (+34) 071-3843
Email: melissa.carter@eo.vi.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.