Published On: Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014

Aqualectra refuses to give permits for solar panels

AqualectraWILLEMSTAD – The utility company, Aqualectra will not give permits for homeowners or businesses to install solar panels anymore. On May 19, the utility company stopped approving these requests because it is losing revenues as more and more people on the island are switching over to solar panels.

Darick Jones, Director of Aqualectra, stated that the costs for Aqualectra are 0.36 cents per kilowatt hour. Individuals who are generating energy are selling this back to Aqualectra for 0.42 cents per kilowatt hour. “We have to recalculate this difference. The price regulator, Bureau for Telecommunication & Posts (BT&P) requires this, which means that we are missing out on income,” the Director said.

“Right now we are filing objection against all new applications for the installation of solar panels. Those that have already been approved can be installed,” Jonis declared.

In a written response, the BT&P argues that this is contrary to the Aqualectra’s concession obligation. According to this concession, the utility company cannot refuse to approve the applications for solar panel installations.

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