Ministry stands by decision to charge owners of home solar energy panels

Saleh Al-Kharabsheh
Energy Minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy will maintain its decision to collect JD2 per kilowatt of electricity generated by home solar panels, Energy Minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh said, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

The minister said that the fees are considered a fee that allows owners of solar energy systems to use the national grid, noting that the ministry will compensate them by offering them a subsidized price for systems that do not generate more than 3.6 kilowatts.

“Solar energy systems generate electricity during the day, which we do not need, and they compensate for it at night by using electricity (from the national grid),” the price of which is 80 fils per kilowatt-hour, Karabsheh said. That price is the production cost and does not factor in the cost of transportation or use of the national grid.

The minister concluded by saying that “if we continue to allow the installation of home solar energy systems, the distribution companies will not be able to survive.” The amount being charged is an “allowance for using the national grid,” he said, adding that it rebalances the relationship between subscribers and distribution companies.

Meanwhile, member of the Lower House Energy Committee, MP Talal Ensour, said that the imposing JD2 on each kilowatt of renewable production capacity amounts to “charging protection money”.

Speaking to Saraya News, Ensour added that the Energy Committee represents the people and not the government, indicating that the committee will take all legal measures to stop the imposition of JD2 on users of renewable energy.

Last week, renewable energy company representatives staged a sit-in in front of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Authority protesting the JD2 tax.

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