CDMX.- The Secretary of Energy (Sener) will restrict distributed generation that allows home users or small businesses to install solar panels on their roofs to generate electricity.

The agency detailed that the new reliability policy for the electrical system published by the Ministry of Energy on May 15, will require that these projects have the endorsement of the Energy regulatory commission (CRE), something that does not happen now.

Through an analysis carried out by the Mexican Energy Association (Asolmex), it is shown that the scheme that allowed an installation of no more than 0.5 megawatts without the need for a permit from the CRE, in order to encourage the use of solar energy, now you will have to carry out more procedures for the installation.

This derived from the new Reliability Policy to the Electric System presented by the Sener, which seeks to limit the participation of renewable energy, considering that it affects electricity grids.

Users who are carrying out an installation process or in interconnection procedures of a photovoltaic system and those who contemplate its use will be affected. Photo: Reforma Agency

The new regulation establishes that distributed generation will be limited to the capacity of electricity networks at the zone, region or system level, according to the limits or restrictions proposed by the National Center for Energy Control (Cenace) to CRE, in addition to needing an interconnection study.

The limits of distributed generation could be more restrictive, prioritizing the reliability of the electricity grid, rather than efficiency, quality or sustainability.

This would be contrary to the provisions of article 68 of the LIE, which establishes that distributed generation with open access and not duly discriminatory to general distribution networks, “the study refers.

That is why users who are carrying out an installation process or in the process of interconnecting a photovoltaic system and those who contemplate its use will be affected.

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