Costa Rica issues new net-metering pricing structure

Costa Rica's utility regulator Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) announced it has issued the long expected new net-metering pricing structure for PV installations. According to local newspaper Costarican Times, the new pricing structure was also agreed by local utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and the national solar association Acesolar. Under the new regulation, net-metering clients will be charged with a grid fee of between 11 and 29 Colones (between $0.02 and 0.05) per kWh of meter movement backwards.
Owners of PV systems installed under the scheme can sell their electricity surplus to Costa Rican utilities Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL).
In August 2015, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAE) introduced a reform to make it easier to install a PV system under the program. Under the new legislation, homeowners and enterprises interested in installing a PV system under the scheme don’t have to require an authorization to ARESEP. According to Costa Rica’s government, the new scheme will support the development of residential and commercial PV segments.
Costa Rica introduced a net-metering scheme for PV in April 2015 but it could neve come into force due to lack of a pricing structure.

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