Reforms to the General Electricity Law

Source: JOIN IEA/IRENA Policy and Measures Database
Last updated: 29 November 2016

The Decree introduces a number of reforms to regulate different aspects of renewable energy deployment in El Salvador.

Grid access: 
1- For producers larger than 20MW, the Decree indicates a priority dispatch for biomass, solar and wind power, as well as dispatch rules for hydropower and geothermal. 
2- Producers smaller than 20MW are not subject to dispatch.

The Decree 80, along with Accord 120, establishes the basis and requirements for renewable energy-specific auctions.

Net metering is available for small scale renewable energy self-generators (who are defined as those who consume at least 70% of their generation). The Decree 80, along with Accord 120, stipulates that during renewable energy auctions a tranche of capacity will be reserved for self-producers, and offered to them after the auction has been awarded. Self-producers can enter into a contract to sell their excess generation at the price resulting from the auction. To access this modality, self-producers must have a bidirectional meter with net energy balanced on a monthly basis.

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