La Nación newspaper recently published an article in which a representative of ARESEP explains that in Costa Rica solar equipment is too expensive. According to this article a panel of 1KW costs almost 4 times less in the US than it costs in Costa Rica.
Similar statements are very serious because the readers receive incorrect information and they impact negatively the image of solar energy.
ACESOLAR, the Costa Rican Association for Solar Energy immediately responded saying that these claims have no basis and that in fact they were wrong. You cannot compare the price of a panel with the price of a fully installed system because a panel needs wiring, inverters and mounting to work. The right thing would have been to compare the prices of fully installed photovoltaic systems and this price in the US for a 1 kW system is on average $ 3,480 to $ 3,800 while in our country this system ranges between $ 2400 and $ 2700. This means that here solar systems are not more expensive than in the US.
ACESOLAR also believes that it is extremely worrying that ombudsmen of ARESEP give incorrect data to reporters and that their competence is limited in this subject to the tariffs of the electricity distributors. And right here is another issue: the prices proposed by ARESEP that the distributors could charge from the users of solar equipment who are connected to the grid. The solar sector believes they are far too high and that in fact it are these tariffs that should be reduced in order to make solar energy really interesting for consumers.