The average home in the US uses between 1 and 1.5 kW of electricity on average, so not taking highs and lows into consideration, 1 MW would power between 750 and 1000 homes, an energy-related Web site said.
The Westin project will be the first in a partnership between NRG and Starwood. NRG will own the array while Starwood agrees to purchase the electricity. “Not only will Starwood reduce its costs, it also will lock in predictable costs at an affordable level for years to come,” NRG said in a statement.
Turning to solar on St. John makes a lot of sense. The average cost of a kilowatt of energy from the local Water and Power Authority can approach 50 cents, three or four times that on the mainland.
Electricity costs have been a terrible tax on residents and businesses, for years, sparking a Cruz Bay street protest a few years ago.
Neither NRG nor Starwood indicated when the solar installation project will begin.