Contract defined for solar owners to sell power back to utilities

The utility regulating agency has approved a contract to be used when solar energy producers sell their power to a public utility.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, said eight firms, including the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, are participating in the program. The benefit to residents with solar projects is that the document corresponds to the national laws.

Ley 7593 gives permission to persons with solar energy generators to connect with the national grid to sell excess power. The small solar plant requires approval from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

The regulating agency also has outlined the steps that are necessary to hook up to the grid.  Although there are many steps, most would be taken by firms that specialize in installing solar panels.

The regulating agency said that those generating power would be paid once a year for the excess that they put into the national grid.

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