PV Development as prosumers: challenges associated to producing and self-consuming electricity from grid-tied small PV-plants in developing countries

Task 1 recently did a study on the same topic in 18 industrialised countries. The objective of the current subtask is to broaden the study to emerging and developing countries.

  • Ten countries (or cases) already having in place or intending to establish a net metering policy are selected in Asia, Africa and Middle East  and Latin America; countries to reflect problems as well as success stories and schemes of different scale
  • Conceptual phase considered important to well identify partners (e.g. ECREEE, GIZ, IRENA, ARE, CLUB ER, ASEF, etc.), understand the needs of developing countries, to define target group/s and appropriate dissemination strategy for deliverables
  • Focus on residential prosumers
  • Survey focusing on:
    • Right to self-consume
    • Revenues from self-consumed PV electricity
    • Charges to finance grid (distribution and transmission) costs
    • Value of excess electricity
    • Maximum time frame for credit compensation
    • Implementation models (who invested)
    • Geographical compensation
    • Regulatory scheme duration
    • Third-party ownership
    • Grid codes and additional taxes/fees of self-consumption
    • Other enablers of self-consumption
    • System size limitations
    • Electricity system limitations
  • Comprehensive evaluation based on analyses and comparison of different countries: identification of main hindrances, best practices etc.
  • Comparison of results with those from the former study as basis to facilitate N-S-S exchange
  • Importance of self-consumption compared to net-metering
  • Development of a prospective view on the main opportunities and challenges arising from rapid urbanization in developing countries in terms of energy production and consumption schemes.