Six months after the regulations come into force in Costa Rica less than 150 requests have been logged to set up distributed generation systems.
Some attribute the lack of interest to the cost of installing the panels and the return on investment being in the medium term. Jorge Blanco, spokesman for the Costa Rican Association of Solar Energy (Acesolar) believes that "... 'most distributors are not interested in this service growing. This is logical because distributed generation does not promote their business, it affects it'." Even private sector representatives say that the legislation tends to protect electricity distributors more than encourage the use of panels.
With the new regulations for distributed self-generation and the methodology for calculating the rate, planned for April, it is anticipated that more business will be done related to the manufacture and sale of solar panels.
Entrepreneurs in the sector foresee new sales and investments this year, mainly from April, when the new methodology comes into force for calculating tariffs "...
From November 27 to December 1 the Fair of the Americas will be held in Florida, USA, an event which involves some 500 SMEs from Central America.
This event is considered the largest showcase for Central American products in America. "At its launch in Nicaragua, Eduardo Arroyo, president of the Fair of the Americas, encouraged entrepreneurs to participate in the event, which will guarantee being put in contact with a market of 300 million consumers ...", reported Laprensa.hn article.
30 companies and more than 100 arts and crafts makers will participate in the Exponica Fair 2008.
The fair will be held from November 14 -16 and will include business people from all the different areas.
The 2008 Exponica will have the participation of 15 countries from Latin America and is expected at least 60,000 visitors as in previous years.
Engineering and construction of electricity generation projects with photovoltaic systems, with more than 7.5 MW installed in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Phone: (503) 2209 1600 - (503) 7888 4852
The Central American Business Council is a London-based organisation which is working to increase significantly the current levels of trade and investment between the UK and Central America.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Central America and Dominican Republic
Phone: (0044) 207 583 8739