No restraints but support required
The reduction of costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reduction in the solar industry has come from lower module prices, primarily due to technology improvements and manufacturing scale. The 500 colones per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today. And then along came third party financing which made solar available to all.
On the other hand, other costs like permitting and other regulatory processes are complicating the installation of PV systems and nowadays, due to the absence of any regulation, Purasol even has to face additional costs for keeping equipment in inventory.
Solar power generation can be of great benefit in a country like Costa Rica, which is located about 10 degrees north of the equator what means that solar radiation is almost uniform throughout the year. That´s why it is a great solution to the high cost of electricity for households and for the production of enterprises, which could contribute to increase the country’s competitiveness. Nevertheless, due to complex legislation in which appear many actors of related institutions further development of the solar sector is restrained.
Incredible but true, the institutions responsible for regulating legislation, rates and electricity generation are pretending that a small solar generator has to make arrangements for a generation permit, with the same requirements as a huge hydroelectric or wind power project. It is not reasonable that one should accomplish such complex procedures to generate a few rooftop kilowatts for his home or business! Neither does it make sense that users have to pay a high tariff to the electricity distributors for the energy they generate themselves.
Purasol truly hopes that the institutions correct this situation as soon as possible and that the solar industry can continue to develop because we have all in favor; climate, reduced prices and the help of financial institutions.