Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, is suggesting the use of solar energy to remove electricity thieves from the national grid.

The plan he suggests would turn an estimated 200,000 electricity thieves into the producers of their own energy at a total cost of $20 billion or $4 billion per annum.

The basis of his proposal is an expected reduction in the cost for solar equipment to $100,000 for a total package within the next two years, with his plan being implemented over a 5 year period.

He says the benefit to the average Jamaican will be roughly a 17% reduction in electricity bills calculated on the basis of what electricity theft currently costs paying customers.

Mr. Paulwell says a portion of the tax on fuel previously destined to pay for a hedge on oil can now be used to fund his proposal.

Phillip Paulwell, Opposition Spokesman on Energy and Mining. He was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate on Wednesday.