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Brazil introduces new rules for distributed generation and net metering – pv magazine International

From the magazine pv Brazil

The Brazilian government has released the much anticipated Law 14.300 in the country’s official newspaper on Friday.

The provisions introduced a new regulatory framework for the distributed generation segment, which includes all producers of renewable energy not exceeding 5 MW operating under a net metering regime. The segment currently represents more than 8.4 GW of the 13 GW of installed solar capacity connected to the grid in Brazil.

The new rules will introduce a new net metering regime from 2023, which means that PV systems installed this year will not be subject to the grid charges which will be applied in January 2023. However, these grid charges will always guarantee a level of reasonable profitability. for Brazilian prosumers and will gradually increase over the years.

According to Rodrigo Sauaia – the president of the Brazilian solar association ABSolar – the new rules will ensure legal certainty by maintaining the net metering system until 2045.

The National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) and the energy regulator, ANEEL, will now have 18 months – from the publication of the law – to establish the guidelines, costs and benefits of production. decentralized to be implemented after the transition period.

According to the CNPE, the Brazilian rules that will be stipulated after the transition period, based on the CNPE guidelines and Aneel’s calculations, will have a positive impact on the continued growth of distributed production systems in Brazil. In addition, the lower pay levels for net metering tariffs could cut the payback time of a residential PV system by just six months, according to the agency.

“For more than 10 years, Brazilian rules have allowed the total compensation of energy credits from distributed renewable production. When we compare the new Brazilian rules to international best practices, Brazil is well positioned to further support its distributed generation segment, ”said the vice president of distributed generation at ABSolar, Barbara Rubim.

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