Country:Costa Rica
Year:2014 (Mar 31st)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2014 (Mar 31st)
Date Amended:

2015 (October 8th)

Policy Type:Economic Instruments, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources
Policy Sector:Electricity
Size of Plant Targeted:Small
Agency:Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)
Legal References:Executive Decree N° 39220, ammendment to AR-NT-POASEN-2014

The regulation AR-NT-POASEN-2014 established net metering for micro- and small renewable energy producers in Costa Rica. The regulation establishes two modalities of the net metering available:

  • “Simple” net metering, where monthly surplus is credited towards the next month, and after a year any surplus is cancelled;
  • “Complete” net metering, where yearly surplus is remunerated. A regulation defining the prices under the “complete” modality went into public consultation in March 2015.

The regulation also establishes individual and collective capacity limits for generators under net metering, depending on technical features of the grid.


The Executive Decree N°39220 regulates distributed generation for self consumption using renewable energy and simple net metering. It seeks to contribute to the existing electrical model in the country and ensuring at the same time the quality of the electricity for all users.

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In order to view a full version of Costa Rica's Regulation on Net-Metering click here.

Last modified: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:49:02 CET