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The Board of the Electricity Regulation and Control Agency (ARCONEL) approved, on October 22, a new regulation to make viable the photovoltaic micro generation in the country, which will allow end users to cover their demand for electricity and deliver the surplus to the National Interconnected System (SNI).
The regulation establishes the technical, commercial and legal conditions for users to develop their own photovoltaic generation facilities, with a capacity of up to 500kW.
The Vice Minister of Electricity, Mauro Intriago, indicated that this new possibility of electricity supply will apply to customers in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, who besides consuming their own energy, will be able to deliver the surplus to the distribution companies.
He also announced that ARCONEL is currently working on two additional regulations to promote private investment in the generation of electricity for self-consumption and sale to electricity distribution companies, taking advantage of renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass, etc.); as well as for the construction of generation projects in these areas.
This system of distributed generation is part of the national policy to guarantee the supply of electric energy, through the use of unconventional renewable sources, reducing the use of fuels and including new private actors as strategic partners.
This press release from Ecuador's Electricity Regulation and Control Agency was published using an automatic translation system.