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Senate approves House resolution to halt $300 charge to solar customers

Rep. Víctor Parés Otero

By The Star Staff

The island Senate unanimously approved (19-0) House Joint Resolution 604, which orders the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (PREB) to issue a resolution to halt the special charge of $300 to customers who have photovoltaic energy systems.

The vote was announced by the measure’s co-authors, San Juan District Rep. Víctor Parés Otero and the New Progressive Party minority leader in the House of Representatives, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Nuñez.

“We reiterate our opposition to this excessive and unnecessary charge that will have the effect, if it is not stopped, of slowing down and even stopping the photovoltaic system installation industry on the island, in addition to being contrary to the public policy declared in Law 17-2019, better known as the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Law, which sets the goal of achieving that by 2025 40 percent of the energy produced in Puerto Rico will be renewable, and by 2050 to completely abandon the use of oil and coal,” the legislators said.

About 1,400 energy customers have already received the bill with the special charge of $300.

The measure establishes that the PREB will rescind the provisions contained in subsection (3) of Article B (Review by Supplementary Study and Expedited Process) in Regulation Number 8915 on Interconnection of the Distribution System of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and Participate in the Net Metering Programs of February 6, 2017, which orders customers interconnected with photovoltaic energy systems to remit PREPA for the amount of $300 for the purpose of carrying out a supplementary study of energy capacity.

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