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Hearing to be held after breakdown of ticket-granting process for purchase of solar panels

Rep. Ángel Fourquet Cordero

By The Star Staff

Rep. Ángel Fourquet Cordero, who chairs the Housing Committee in the island House of Representatives, will summon the Department of Housing to a public hearing to investigate the process of granting tickets for the purchase of solar panels and batteries through the New Energy Program.

On Wednesday, the system to request tickets was to open at 8 a.m. However, according to citizens, the website to request tickets collapsed at the opening of the round. They have also reported that the telephone message box did not work.

“At eight o’clock in the morning, the web platform was out of service. Subsequently, an announcement appeared stating that the tickets had sold out,” Fourquet Cordero said. “During the public hearing, the Department of Housing will be asked to account for the system used, the funds allocated and obligated for these purposes and the alternatives available to carry out another round of tickets.”

The New Energy Program received a funding allocation of $350 million. Under the program’s guidelines, eligible individuals will receive up to a maximum of $30,000 in equipment and installation costs for owners of a single-family structure in which they reside full time.

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