- Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has released a draft regulation to support the introduction of a net-metering regime for PV installations.
- Currently Kenya does not allow net metering forcing owners of solar pv systems to incur losses or divert excess energy to battery storage.
The regulations will apply to:
- a Consumer who owns a Renewable Energy generator of a capacity not exceeding one megawatt (1 MW) installed primarily for self-consumption and intends to enter into a Net-Metering System Agreement with a distribution licensee or retailer; and
- a distribution or retail Licensee in the consumer’s area of supply.
The maximum aggregate generation capacity of Net- metering Systems shall be one hundred megawatts (100 MW) for the Phase One of the Net-metering Programme.
The owners of the solar arrays will need to pay grid-interconnection fees and cover the costs of either unidirectional or bidirectional meter installations. The charge has been determined at this stage. The approvals to operate under net metering will be granted within 60 days from the date of application, according to EPRA.
Link to the draft regulation document HERE
Author: Bryan Groenendaal