Disincentive for Solar Energy?

Arguing that consumers will have energy availability even if they do not use it, in Panama a proposal has been made to tax the use of solar panels for purposes of self-consumption.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Due to the disagreements caused by the proposal which proposes establishing a fee for using of solar panels for self-consumption, arguing that the consumer has the possibility of using the national energy distribution network, the Public Services Authority (Asep) has decided extend the consultation period by 60 days.

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For his part, the administrator of the Asep, Roberto Meana, explained to Prensa.com that " ... The consultation period will begin from when the entity issues a resolution in which another process is called, in order to deal solely with the proposal for charging self-consumption clients.'The aim is to receive opinions and evaluate them' ... It is not about any tax on the sun or punishment. It is a charge addressed to those who upload energy to the network.'"

See also: "Energy projects in Panama" 

In contrast to the proposal to impose a fee, the specialist in energy issues Mónica Guillen, said that " ... this proposal could be interpreted as an initiative that contradicts what is stated in the National Secretariat of Energy's national energy plan 2015-2050 and the commitments established in the Paris Agreement on climate change."

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