Mexico eases path to small-scale solar PV

Mexico has launched a guide for the interconnection of power generation systems smaller than 500 kW, outlining the technical and administrative aspects of the process.

The Secretariat of Energy (SENER) said Tuesday that the government has also taken measures to simplify the procedures for the connection of distributed generation (DG) systems, such as rooftop solar panels, and limit the time for evaluating applications to 18 days.

Secretary of Energy, Joaquin Coldwell, presented the new guide with simplified procedures for small generators, stating during the launch, “Solar panels in homes and small and medium sized business represent 97% of clean generation distributed in the country.”

It is estimated that national energy costs can be reduced by MXN 1.5 billion (USD 64m/EUR 68m) per year if DG accounted for 1% of Mexico’s power capacity, SENER said. Cesar Hernandez Ochoa, Undersecretary of Electricity, noted that DG has the potential to grow to 5% of the mix, from 0.23% currently.

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