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Agency power play over solar rooftop authority

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The energy regulator and the Industrial Works Department are at loggerheads over the former's decision to allow solar rooftops to be operated without a factory permit granted from the latter. 

Direk Lavansiri, chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), said applicants to the solar rooftop scheme and signers of power purchase agreements with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) are not required to obtain a permit to produce electricity for sale.

By law, solar rooftops of up to 10 kilowatts' capacity have been considered electricity-generating power plants and require factory permits.

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