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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2018 01:14 am
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A bad development for people and businesses in Mexico who have invested in solar systems to reduce their electric bill.  A number of people here in San Carlos will be affected by this.


Mexico News Daily has the following story today:




CFE injunction puts brakes on small solar installations
Commission disagrees with rates set by energy regulator



Thursday, April 26, 2018
Investment in solar power systems for homes and small businesses has been slowed down by legal action initiated by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), the National Solar Energy Association (ANES) has charged.
ANES general secretary Héctor Hernández said people using small solar systems cannot currently sell the electricity they generate back to the CFE, a situation that he said is “holding back investment” in the sector.
A year ago, the CFE filed an injunction against regulations drawn up by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for the method used to calculate the rates it would pay to solar energy generators, arguing that they led to a loss of income because of the high transmission costs it incurred.

Under the regulations, people with solar systems with distributed generation capacity could choose to sell surplus electricity, or all they generate.
The former is known as net billing while the latter is referred to as total sale.
Hernández charged that “there has been a bureaucratic brake [put] on the two segments that is related to the injunction.”
He added that while the sector has grown at a rate of 110% over the past two years, that growth could reach 200% if investors could be certain about receiving payments from the CFE.
“It’s not just [about] domestic users but investors who want to do business but don’t feel comfortable when they see an injunction,” Hernández said.
In a statement, AMES said that “the most serious consequence of this injunction is that it puts the brakes on innovation, job creation and development of the energy sector.”
The ruling is currently under review in a specialist economic court and the solar association is hopeful that a positive resolution can be reached.
AMES also said that the legal predicament is preventing Mexico from reaching its full solar energy-producing potential.
“Solar radiation [in Mexico] is 5.5 kilowatt hours per square meter per day, almost double what Germany receives. However, Germany is among the countries with the greatest installed [solar] capacity, [generating] more than 43 gigawatts in 2016, although it receives fewer hours of sun” the statement said.
Source: El Financiero (sp), Expansión (sp)




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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2018 01:53 am
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It's going to court - thankfully - Mexico is sitting on a huge opportunity , will be a shame to avoid the benefits - fingers crossed sense prevails ..... :(





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Common sense is not very common in Mexico, I am afraid.

Let's see, who usually wins in court in Mexico? The little guy (solar) with no money or the big institution (Pemex/CFE) with lots of money?

This is more likely a delaying tactic to allow large-scale solar investment to formulate their plans, with respect to the effect it will have on Pemex and CFE and the amount they generate in revenue for the federal government. It wouldnt surprise me if they eventually exclude the mom-and-pop home solar generation.

BTW, I believe the US is generating over 50 gigawatts right now. I think we blew past Germany and China.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2018 03:33 am
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Then, there's this news article that surfaced today. What to believe?

https://opinionsonora.com/2018/04/26/sonora-le-apuesta-a-las-energias-renovables-gobernadora-pavlovich/

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