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Published on April 2nd, 2016 | by James Ayre

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Costa Rica’s New Net-Metering Pricing Structure To Begin On April 7

April 2nd, 2016 by

Following more than a year of negotiations between the utility company I.C.E. and the solar energy organization Acesolar, a new net-metering pricing structure has been agreed upon — putting an end to a year long hiatus on projects intended to make use of net-metering — according to Costa Rica’s Regulatory Authority for Public Services.

The news is particularly noteworthy because a new net-metering program for solar energy installations was previously expected to go into effect all the way back in October 2015, but an agreement couldn’t be reached before the deadline so an extension to the negotiations was made.

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It seems that an agreement has finally been made though — re-opening the country’s solar energy net-metering sector to investment.

The new net-metering pricing structure announced by the country’s Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESEP) is set to go into effect starting on April 7, 2016 — and will see home-owners and businesses participating charged a grid-access fee of only 11-29 Colones (2-5¢) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of meter movement backwards. Self consumption is free.

Considering the relatively high electricity prices for many in the country, the new net-metering pricing structure — when combined with rapidly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) module and system costs — seems likely to spur a rapid buildout there. Distributed solar energy seems likely to fast become the best choice economically in many portions of the country.

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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