Ministry of Energy & Business Development's new ELPA Online System
The Ministry of Energy and Business Development (MEBD) wishes to inform that the new Electric Light and Power Act (ELPA) online system will be open for the submission of applications from Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
This system is to be a single entry window for all documents related to the ELPA licensing regime. Please note that the current system of applying via email will be discontinued and the aforementioned system will be the only method of applying for an ELPA licence from February 2022. All applications submitted via the email system prior to February 1, 2022 will be addressed by the MEBD and do not need to be entered into the new system.
Through this system, applicants are asked to complete the ELPA application on the system and submit all requisite documents related to the project, in the appendix of attachments section. Furthermore, all payments related to the ELPA licensing regime will be facilitated on the system through the EZPay+ portal.
All requirements for the MEBD as indicated on the attachments such as analyses, regulatory certificates, correspondences from financial institutes and other related documents should be uploaded in this system.
Additionally, the single line diagram showing cable sizes and protection device ratings as well as the number of inverters and panels and the equipment technical specifications should be submitted for approval from the Government Electrical Engineering Department (GEED) through this system.
Through this system, the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BLPC) would evaluate the GEED approval and determine the availability of grid capacity for the system and prepare the connection impact assessment (CIA) report to be uploaded into the system, if necessary.
If the system is ground-mounted, please indicate ground-mounted on the ELPA application form and submit the requisite documents, such as the site, location and elevation plans as well as any reports and assessments depending on the size of the system, as indicated in the appendix of attachments section under the Town and Country Development Planning Office (TCDPO) submissions.
In the case of an ELPA application requiring planning approval, if an ELPA application is granted approval, the applicant would be granted a “conditional approval” and asked to submit their planning application directly to the TCDPO, separate from this system. Alternately, the MEBD will submit comments directly to the TCDPO through the system to assist in the reduction of the processing time for planning applications.