SOLAR power developers have asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to clarify the circumstances surrounding the issuance of feed-in-tariff (FiT) certificates despite reports of “inconsistencies” that unfairly placed some companies at a disadvantage.
In a statement, Ma. Theresa C. Capellan, president of the Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA), said solar companies were “really puzzled” as to what prompted the commission to issue the certificates even after ERC Chairman Jose Vicente B. Salazar reported the inconsistencies to Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi.
She cited a letter from Mr. Salazar to Mr. Cusi in November pointing to at least two solar companies that dispatched power that is inconsistent with their FiT allocation.
PSPA is an association made up of developers and plant owners that participated in the second contracting round of the solar FiT program, for which the DoE raised the installation target for solar to 500 megawatts (MW) from 50 MW in the first round.
The scheme offered a fixed rate of P8.69 per kilowatt-hour to the developers that were first to complete their projects within the target capacity by mid-March 2016.
Read more here.