Solar firms slam FiT perks award

by Alena Mae S. Flores – September 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm

from Manila Standard Today

The Philippine Solar Power Alliance said Thursday the Energy Department under the Aquino administration issued certificates of endorsements for feed-in tariff eligibility to four companies who were not supposed to be included in the list.

PSPA president Tetchie Capellan told reporters the Energy Department under the present administration formed a group to investigate the concerns raised by the other solar players.

“We have sent a position letter to Secretary [Alfonso] Cusi requesting to resolve the issue of oversubsciption and the awarding of the feed-in tariff,” Capellan said.

Capellan said PSPA raised two issues to the department.  One issue is that some solar firms were given allocations although they had discrepancy in their dispatch of power to the grid.

She said the other issue focused on the grant of endorsement to solar companies even if it dispatched power much later than the other companies.

“There are allegations that there are four companies that were given [endorsements] not consistent with the records. The problem is these are allegations because we do not have the exact date,” she said.