Hearing set on rate for solar power producers

The nation’s utility regulator plans a hearing June 8 at 5:15 p.m. to hear public views on a proposal for rates on electricity produced by solar sources.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos said that the rates would cover electric producers with power production up to 20 megawatts. The rates would not apply to small home producers of less than 1 megawatt, mostly for self consumption, said the agency.

The law requires the agency to set a rate that covers the cost of solar producers who would sell their output to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The law also requires a reasonable profit. The agency said the rate would be reviewed annually once set.

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