THE Philippine Solar Power Alliance (PSPA) has appealed for “transparency” and “a level playing field” in validating the awarding of feed-in tariff round 2 (FiT2) program for solar energy projects, the group said in a statement.
The call was made in connection with complaints that some projects were endorsed for the FiT2 by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) despite not being fully energized or connected to the grid, contrary to the program’s “first-come, first-served” rules.
“The Alliance agrees with the proposal of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to exclude solar companies that failed to dispatch power to the national grid based on the merit order as recorded in the meter of the wholesale market operated by the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC),” PSPA President Tetchi Capellan said on Thursday.
“Meters do not lie. With the full disclosure of the results of the fact-finding conducted by the DOE, the Alliance believes that all investors’ jitters will go away and confidence on the business climate will also be fully restored,” Capellan added.
On September 7, DOE created an investigating committee in order to thoroughly study the implementation of the FiT program Round 2. The action was triggered by the complaints lodged by solar companies on the issuance of the Solar FiT2.
In the submission to the Fact-Finding Committee Chairman Pete Ilagan dated November 4, the PSPA said that since the program follows “first-come, first-served” rule, all submissions of the participating companies should be reviewed in terms of their respective dispatch schedules and dates of permit issuances.
The Committee, Capellan said, “must leave no stone unturned” in its investigation, as the solar projects involve billions of pesos in investments.
Industry reports have it that some solar projects were awarded the FiT2 despite late dispatch of power and partial energization. This is the reason for the Alliance call to disclose the meter data from PEMC and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
PSPA argued that the implementation rules of SolarFiT2 were clearly defined in the Department Circular specifically “DC-2013-05-0009” issued by the previous administration.