Costa Rica: Rates for Renewable Energy

The tariffs for electricity generated with solar power or biomass will be determined using the same methodology used for setting prices for the sale of hydropower.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The measure approved by the Regulatory Authority of Public Services (ARESEP) and applied to production of less than 20 megawatts, aims to foster the participation of a greater number of companies dedicated to the production of energy from renewable sources such as water, solid waste and other things.

According to the Controller General, Dennis Melendez, in his statements to Nació, "The final price will be determined by negotiation established between operators and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)."

"ARESEP also reported that in the case of production of less than one mega no authorization to operate will be required, because self consumption is free and allows for generators not to interact with the national electricity system."

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