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Renewable Tariff Code 'Obsolete'

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

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Prime Minister Perry Christie

A RENEWABLE energy provider yesterday said it was working closely with the Government to clearly define terms associated with the technology, describing the current tariff code as "obsolete in many ways".

Philip Holdom, executive manager of Integrated Security Services (ISS), told Tribune Business: "ISS is working with the Government to clearly define terms associated with the various technologies.

"The tariff code itself is obsolete in many ways. It, for instance, uses the word 'wind engine', which is never used in a conversation today. There needs to be a clear definition on these technologies, whether it be solar, wind or LED. I think a lot of good is going to come from that, by providing these lock-type definitions."

Prime Minister Perry Christie said during his Budget communication: "The Government is introducing a number of measures to further rationalise tariff and excise rates to encourage energy efficiency, and provide relief to consumers.

"The tariff rate on solar generators is being reduced from 45 per cent to 10 per cent to align it with the rate on other types of generators and other solar equipment."

Mr Holdom said: "A solar generator is not a common term; a solar grid-tied system is a common term in the industry. That's not a common term to use in the industry.

"If they are talking about a grid-type solar system that would be excellent. If they mean a solar system, I would say what needs to be clear is the balance of components for a solar system come in under the same tariff."

Mr Christie also stated that "the tariff rate on wind-powered and 'other' generator sets is being reduced from 45 per cent to 10 per cent to align it with the rate on other generators".

In response, Mr Holdom added: "The tariff code is so antiquated in using the term 'wind engine', which is never used in a conversation today."

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