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6. Issue Of License

(1) The Minister may, upon payment of such fee as may be prescribed,
issue to a person who satisfies the requirements of subsection (3), a licence
granting a non-exclusive right to supply electricity for any purpose within any
area and for such period as the Minister considers appropriate in the
circumstances.
(2) In determining whether to issue a licence to an applicant, the Minister
shall
(a) consider the recommendation of the Committee in relation to the
applicant; and
(b) take into account, where relevant
(1) the current and projected demand for electricity;
(ii) the cumulative installed capacity of
(A) the generation systems that are a part of, or are connected to,
the public grid;
(B) the generation systems of licensees; and
(C) the renewable energy generation systems that are a part of,
or are connected to, the public grid, and of 'each type of
renewable energy generation system, classified according to
the source of renewable energy utilised; and
(iii) the purposes of this Act, being, among other things, to promote
the generation of electricity from sources of renewable energy and
to enhance the security and reliability of the supply of electricity. 
(3) The Minister shall not issue a licence pursuant to subsection (1) unless he
is satisfied that
(a) the facility and location intended to be used pursuant to the licence is
safe and adequate for the purpose;
(b) the applicant possesses
(i) the financial capacity to build and maintain the facility;
(ii) the technical capability to operate the facility safely, reliably and
efficiently; and
(iii) the capacity to prevent or minimise any damage to the
environment that may arise out of the operations to be conducted
under the licence;
(c) any planning permission required under the Town and Country
Planning Act, Cap. 240 has been obtained; and
(d) the issue of a licence to the applicant would not result in the cumulative
installed capaCity of the renewable energy generation systems of all
licensees being in excess of such amount as may be prescribed by the
Minister, by Order, after consultation with the Chief Electrical Officer
and the Commission. 

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7. Terms And Conditions Of License

41) The Minister may provide in a licence
(a) the limits within which, and the conditions under which, electricity may
he supplied including whether
(i) any of the provisions of Part III apply to the licensee;
(ii) electricity is to be generated only from sources of renewable
energy;
(b) measures for securing
(i) a safe, regular and efficient supply of electricity; and 
(ii) the safety of the public from personal injury and from' ire or other
danger;
(c) for the prevention and mitigation of damage to property in connection
with the supply and use of electricity;
(d) for inspection of the business of a licensee;
(e) for the enforcement of the performance by the licensee, of his
obligations, by the imposition of penalties or otherwise; and
(/) such other conditions as the Minister considers appropriate in the
circumstances.
(2) A licence is subject to the following terms and conditions where
applicable:
(a) electric lines placed above or under the ground for the supply of
electricity shall be adequately protected to the satisfaction of the Chief
Electrical Officer and, where such insulation is found to be inadequate,
defective or worn, shall be immediately repaired or replaced;
(b) poles and other structures to be used for the support of electric lines
and that are in close proximity to a road shall be placed only in such
positions as are in accordance with the standards approved by the Chief
Technical Officer;
(c) a licensee shall not permit any part of a circuit to be connected with
earth except so far as may be necessary for carrying out the obligations
under his licence or this Act, unless the connection is
(i) approved by the Chief Electrical Officer; and
(ii) made in accordance with the conditions, if any, of the approval.
(3) The Chief Electrical Officer shall, in imposing conditions pursuant to
subsection (2)(c), have due regard to any existing use of earth connections for
the purpose of telecommunications. 

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12. Register Of Licences And Renewable Energy Generation Systems

.(1) The Minister shall cause to be maintained a register that contains
(a) a duplicate of each licence issued;
(b) a list of the renewable energy generation systems installed in Barbados,
whether pursuant to a licence or otherwise, that includes the source of
renewable energy utilised by, and the installed capacity of, each
system; and
(c) such other information as the Minister considers appropriate for the
purposes of this Act.
(2) The register shall be open to public inspection. 

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13. Interconnection

13.(1) The public utility shall, in accordance with subsection (2), make
interconnection services available to
(a) another licensee; or
(b) another person who owns, controls or operates a renewable energy
generation system,
at the request of the other licensee or person
(2) Interconnection services referred to in subsection (1) shall be
(a) offered at points along the public grid subject to
(i) the approval of the Chief Electrical Officer;
(ii) such agreement between the parties as may be approved by the
Commission for the purpose; and
(iii) the payment of such fee as may be specified by the public utility
and approved by the Commission in respect of interconnection;
(b) made available
(0 on terms and conditions that are reasonable, transparent and nondiscriminatory;
and
(ii) within a reasonable time.
(3) The public utility shall purchase electricity from a licensee or other person
referred to in subsection (1) at such rate as may be agreed by the parties and
approved by the Commission.
(4) Where parties fail to agree on the terms and conditions of an dgreement
referred to in this section or a dispute arises in respect of such an agreement, any
party may, in writing, refer the matter to the Commission for determination,
(5) Subsections (1), (2) and (3) are conditions of any licence issued for the
operation of the public grid, 

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14. Targets For Supply Of Electricity From Sources Of Renewable Energy

(1) The Minister may, by Order, after consultation with
the public utility;
the Committee;
the Commission; and
such other persons as the Minister may deem appropriate, prescribe the minimum and maximum amounts of electricity to be permitted by
the public utility to be supplied to the public grid.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), minimum and
maximum amounts may be prescribed for electricity generated
(a) from different sources of renewable energy; and
(1) on different types of premises, whether domestic, commercial or
otherwise. 

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