Seda chairman accuses two opposition MPs of making uninformed allegations without seeking clarification.
PETALING JAYA: The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) wants opposition MPs to stop making baseless allegations against it as this would be detrimental to the development of renewable energy industry in the country.
Seda chairman Fong Chan Onn said allegations by DAP’s Tony Pua (Petaling Jaya Utara) and PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar (Lembah Pantai) were made “irresponsibly without any attempt to seek prior clarification from Seda”.
“Seda regrets that its sincere efforts to develop the renewable energy industry and promote transparency through an online application process has been misunderstood by certain individuals unfamiliar with the whole FiT [Feed-in-tariff] online system,” he said in a statement.
Pua yesterday alleged that Putrajaya had awarded most of its solar energy contracts to companies belonging to the daughter of former chief secretary to the government, Mohd Sidek Hassan, despite failing to meet certain requirements in their application.
The fresh allegations came just after Seda denied any foul play in the contract award process through a statement and advertorials carried by most of the government-owned newspapers last Sunday.
Sidek’s daughter, Suzi Suliana – together with her husband, Todd Morath, and two business partners – controlled 12 out of 32 companies that had won the “lion’s share” of the nation’s solar energy quota under the FiT programme.
Clarifying queries by Pua and Nurul Izzah, Seda said a power system study (PSS) is a technical feasibility study related to technical factors such as the proposed location and capacity of the plant.
“This study is not in itself reliant on the identity of the applicant for Feed-in-Approvals, and may be initiated by the project promoters before a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is formed for the purposes of the project and FiA application.
“So long as the PSS report accompanies an application for FiA, it does not matter if the PSS commenced before the formation of the SPV. All FiAs were only granted by Seda after the requisite PSS reports were uploaded into the e-FiT online system,” said Fong.
He said the 30-day period set out in the first schedule of the Technical and Operational Requirements Rules 2011 is the maximum period given to the distribution licensee to complete a PSS. It is possible to complete a PSS in a much shorter period.
On financing, he said all applicants were issued with FiAs only after they had provided documentary evidence relating to their financial capability to fund the project, including the capability of the shareholder (s) or joint venture partner (s).
“However, Seda is unable to disclose the details of such documentary evidence as they are confidential in nature,” he added.