Argentina: New distributed generation provisions come into force

Argentina’s government published the new law for distributed generation from solar and renewable energy sources in the country’s Official Journal on December 27.

The publication of the law, which was expected in the first quarter of 2018, was the final step for the entry into force of the new provisions, after the Senate gave its final approval with 65 favorable votes and none against, at the end of November.

The new law, published by the Electricity Wholesale Market Management Company (CAMMESA) on its website, states that every user of the distribution network can install PV systems, or other generators powered by renewable energy sources, and that surplus power can be injected into the country’s electricity grid.

It also states that users who intend to install power systems with a capacity larger than that necessary for their electricity needs, must seek special authorization from the power distributor.

Finally, all construction projects for public buildings must use distributed generation facilities from renewable sources; and distribution companies may not add additional charges for network maintenance and use, electric backup, or any other type of fee associated with the installation of distributed generation systems.