Brazil’s regulator revises net-metering to boost solar PV uptake

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Brazil’s energy regulator ANEEL wants to increase consumer output to 2.7GW of capacity by 2024

In South America, Brazil’s energy regulator has revised its net-metering regulations to boost uptake of distributed generation.

ANEEL forecasts that up to 700,000 consumers could be using the net-metering system by 2024, amounting to 2.7GW of capacity, up from 141,000 consumers and 596MW capacity at present.

ANEEL said the proposed revisions will simplify the process for consumers to contribute to the grid by reducing the number of bureaucratic hurdles.

The changes will allow people living in multi-dwelling blocks to share net-metering benefits, instead of needing a separate photovoltaic system for each individual, PVTech magazine reported.

ANEEL also plans to increase the scope of all distributed generation systems able to qualify for net metering up to 5MW, an increase on the previous range of 1MW.

Another proposed change is to relax limitations on subsidiaries of companies applying for electricity credits due to sharing a different fiscal identity number to the parent company.

Solar PV in Brazil

Brazil’s PV sector is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the regulator’s revision.

Rodrigo Sauaia, executive director of the Brazilian Solar Industry Association Absolar, told PV Tech, that: “This will allow a significant increase in the potential market for the net-metering scheme especially for PV, which now represents between 90-95% of all net-metering installations in the country.

The Brazilian regulator is also driving a campaign to reduce the time it takes for a consumer to install a solar PV system and be grid connected from an average of 160 days.

Utilities currently have an 82-day time limit to complete their internal bureaucratic steps before installing the PV system. ANEEL wants to reduce the deadline to just 23 days for systems up to 75kw and 43 days for systems up to 5MW, said PV Tech.

ANEEL will be holding two public hearings on the revisions including industry associations, companies, government agencies and universities to start on 20 June.