Kuek Ser Kuang Keng (Mkini)
1:42PM Jul 25, 2012
The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) has admitted to a weakness in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) online application process, leading to former chief secretary Mohd Sidek Hassan’s daughter Suzi Suliana obtaining a large chunk of the solar energy quota.
Worse, Seda chairperson Fong Chan Onn said the body has no legal basis to disqualify any of the 12 companies linked to Suzi’s and her associates, even though the online application system was intended to ensure a fair distribution of the renewable energy quota to all players.
“When we first started this system, we were worried about this issue (of monopoly). We want a big number of players in the system… So we set a limit of 5MW per application… and the queuing process (in the application system)… (so) we could distribute it among a big number of players,” said Fong.
“At the end of the day, the result is what it is… We are not happy (with the result of the application). Frankly speaking, we are not happy. We want to distribute fairly but we are advised (that) once the rules are there, we have to follow them.
“We can (refine the rules), but even those steps would not ensure, would not 100 percent ensure that there is no monopoly or 100 percent ensure that a company would not occupy more than 30MW, because how many layers (of company structure) we can check? But we have tried.”
Fong said this during a public briefing on the FiT system this morning at the Seda office in Putrajaya.
He was responding to an expose by opposition MPs Tony Pua and Nurul Izzah Anwar that the 12 companies have obtained 32.4 percent or 45.9 MW of the quota set for solar energy under the FiT scheme.
This was achieved through a complex layer of holding companies and joint venture partnerships.