COSTA RICA SOLAR SOLUTIONS
WHO WE ARE
Costa Rica Solar Solutions provides a true, turnkey solar experience utilizing in-house experts to design, engineer, construct, and monitor each solar system we build. You can be 100% confident when choosing Costa Rica Solar Solutions as your solar designer and installer. We are your solar expert in Costa Rica.
PV cells do not need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
Solar energy can be used as either a small scale solution, such as a solar powered calculator, or on a large scale, like a photovoltaic power plant that provides energy to thousands of homes.
By harnessing the sun’s power we are not reducing the amount of energy that is available – the sun will shine every day – and there is no cost to you for using the sunlight.
Production of 1 kilowatt of solar energy is equivalent to burning 170 pounds of coal which releases 300 pounds of carbon dioxide
is best for me?
We design residential (large, small, grid-tied, and off-grid), commercial and industrial solar applications
- Grid-Tied Solar System
- Off-Grid Solar System
- Grid-Tied Solar System with Energy Storage
- Solar Water Pumps
- Electric Vehicle Charger
COSTA RICA SOLAR SOLUTIONS
Costa Rica Solar Solutions designs custom solar system solutions based on the energy needs of your home o business. Clean energy offers great return on your investment and allows you energy independence.
Costa Rica Solar Solutions has completed many of the largest commercial solar systems in the country. Our team of engineering professionals will maximize your return on a clean energy investment.
What Our Clients Say
We decided to invest in solar energy for a couple reasons. One was, the project that we have going on our property, we’re trying to do things in a more sustainable way. The solar energy really fit in with the whole project.
The investment in the battery was important for us to have a backup source of energy during power outages, which we have on average about once a week. The potential for losing product is very high. One of the things that is amazing is they are able to monitor our system to see how much we are producing & exporting to the grid and they can remotely make adjustments to our system.
So happy with our decision to install a solar system using Costa Rica Solar Solutions. They are professional, knowledgeable, reasonable and follow up with their services. Don’t wait….sign up and start saving lots of money like we are!
Lester’s Costa Rica Solar Solutions team successfully installed solar panels on my home and provided ongoing support long after the install, answering questions and assisting on navigating through ICE with meter changes etc. On an important investment like this I can recommend Lester and his company to follow through on what they say they will do.
The system sells itself – it’s hard to find an investment that saves you money immediately and you get back your investment so quickly. The ROI makes installing the system an easy decision. Costa Rica Solar Solutions’ service has been excellent – the system and permitting was completed as per the agreement and everything has been running well. The one service issue we had was fixed promptly and Lester got the system back up and running immediately. Lester provides excellent service and value for solar projects in Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica’s Solar Energy Policy may be on life support!
Costa Rica like many countries is in the infancy of solar energy. Even though the country’s main source is hydroelectricity cost of energy has arisen to a none competitive state. This marketplace has given more reasons to become less dependent upon the grid and become more autonomous. Advancements in Electric Cars, Solar Energy and Energy storage give the consumer their dream of independency. Costa Rica is a leader in residential energy storage using Lithium Ion batteries with the most installed in Latin America, all this of course is a threat to the local electric company that has a “monopoly” in the marketplace.
Since 2015 Costa Rica has had a policy for the consumer to feed into the grid but that policy has been challenged in 2018 with a draft proposal that will affect the solar industry even more. MINAE is the government agency that oversees creating the draft. This draft has had many round table discussions with the governing agency, electric companies and ACESOLAR. ACESOLAR (the organization which represents installation companies and consumers) had given many recommendations but none of them were added to the draft. Above all of the barriers MINAE has not given a consumer protection clause in the draft giving the electric companies the green light to do whatever they want. This week there has been a lot of press about the consumers rights and has put MINAE on notice!
Barriers such as a 49% rule, demanding the new construction wait for 6 months to apply for a permit, and many new obstacles were written into the draft to discourage the consumer from installing solar. In both the draft and the current decree there is no consumer protection and no direction on who or how to resolve consumer complaints. Today the electric companies and consumer are so confused on how to determine the formula for calculation of the billing, they have given up and created their own calculations which protect the electric companies.
Here are some of the barriers
- The 49% rule.
- Electric company has the right to configure the consumers system.
- No clarification of consumer protection.
- No clarification of methods for calculation of billing.
- System must be permitted with Bandra Azul.
- New construction must wait for 6 months to start permitting.
These are the reasons why the consumer wants to add energy storage and become autonomous. The Lithium Ion Batteries are now on the renewable energy exoneration list, but the list has a technical flaw that is preventing the batteries to get tax free.
Possible solutions to help the electric companies become more efficient with solar energy is time of use rates or injections into the grid. During the rainy season, the client can slow down or stop injecting into the grid but during the dry season the client could inject fully into the grid and bank for the rainy season. Today’s technology has endless solutions for Costa Rica’s needs.
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