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Colombia seeks to subsidise home PV schemes in off-grid areas

Residential solar system. Author: David TREBOSC. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

March 21 (Renewables Now) - The Colombian energy ministry has invited public feedback on a new resolution that regulates subsidies which will be granted to the country’s off-grid communities for the installation of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

The subsidies will cover the costs of administration, operation and maintenance (O&M) of the PV systems with or without storage, according to the draft resolution.

The awarded amount will be determined depending on the location of the beneficiaries, their socio-economic circumstances and consumption needs, among other criteria. The exact amount cannot exceed the value of basic consumption or livelihood needs which will be calculated in kWh per month and determined by the national mining and energy planning unit (UPME).

The draft resolution was published on Tuesday on the ministry’s website. The deadline for comments and proposals is set for April 3, 2019.

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