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2 MW Increase in the Capacity Limit of the Renewable Energy Rider

In light of the positive response to the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme, and having considered the request from the Barbados Light & Power Co. Ltd. (BL&P) to expand the capacity limit by 1MW and representation from the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) and renewable energy (RE) installers, the Fair Trading Commission has raised the RER capacity limit, with immediate effect, to 9MW. The Commission in its August 2013 Decision had made the determination that the RER programme would have a capacity limit of 7MW. This additional 2 MW is to be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In order to prevent any dislocation, prospective owners of RE systems should first obtain approval from the BL&P, in order to ensure that their systems can be accommodated under the RER programme, prior to committing to the investment.

The Commission expects to receive the Intermittent Renewable Energy Penetration Study from the BL&P by December 2014. At that time an in-depth consultation to determine a viable long term RER capacity limit will be undertaken. This study seeks to determine the level of solar and wind energy that can be safely accommodated on the grid.

Peggy Griffith

Fair Trading Commission

Telephone: 424-0260

September 5, 2014

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