The USVI has a rebate program for alternate energy for residential applications. And our boat is our full-time residence. The program is funded by the federal government
at a rate of $5.00 per watt.
We purchased eight Sharp 80 watt panels at a price of $4500.
Within six weeks, we received a rebate check from the USVI government
for the sum of $3300.
Eight panels for $1200 or $150 each.
The program is funded periodically and one has to be prepared to act quickly because when the money's gone you have to wait until funding
becomes available again. Might pay to do a web search or call the St Thomas Quantum Sails
rep who is an authorized local dealer for the rebate program there.
You have to purchase
the panels from a list of local suppliers and you have to provide a physical address for your residence. I used the marina's address where we were berthed.
When the sun is shining - the panels provide for ALL our power needs... including deep freeze for days (and weeks) on end.