Guatemala: electric grid open to micro power plants

Small and micro power generation plants can now connect to Guatemala's power grid and sell its energy surpluses.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

With the approval of the Distributed Power Generation Rule, the National Electric Energy Commission (CNEE) looks to facilitate and promote the installation of new small and micro power generation plants. The rule allows existing plants to connect the the national power grid.

Carlos Colom, president of the CNEE, stated that the new rule opens business opportunities for small scale power plants, specially those that use renewable energy sources.

The rule will also "promote investment in new power generation facility, and those small plants currently operating outside the grid will be able to sell their energy surpluses"

Of importance is the fact that the country's 215 coffee growing facilities could potentially produce %9.6 of the countries hydroelectric power output.



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