Brazil about to start support for solar?

It seems likely that two new initiatives supporting solar power installations will soon come into force in Brazil.

First, the government wants to give consumers the possibility to cover their own energy consumption via rooftop PV – by introducing a net metering regulation. It enables PV operators to consume the solar electricity generated in house and feed-in the surplus into the public grid – thus reducing their electricity bills by a certain amount per kWh. Second, the National Agency for Electricity Supply (ANEEL) has published details of a forthcoming regulation, providing reduced grid usage fees for the transmission of PV solar power. The new legislation forces the utilities to approve the connection of PV systems on their consumers’ roofs. According to the initial draft, PV operators will get an 80 % discount on charges for the use of the grid for installations that are latest connected by 2017. After 10 years of operation, the discount will drop to 50 %. For all new installations from 2018 onward, only half of the grid charge will be discounted. Because of the expected fall in prices for PV components, ANEEL assumes that the higher discount will no longer be necessary after 2017. The Bloomberg news agency quotes a PV planner from Empresa Brasileira de Energia Solar, who says that the current legislation published by ANEEL contains only small changes in comparison with the original draft of August 2011. The final version will be published by the agency as soon as it has been passed by their Supervisory Board. After the regulation is published, distributors will have 240 days to prepare for the first rooftop projects.

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