Informing Mexico's Distributed Generation Policy with System Advisor Model (SAM) Analysis
The Government of Mexico has recognized the potential for clean distributed generation to meaningfully contribute to Mexico’s clean energy goals. However, important questions remain about how to fairly value distributed generation and foster inclusive and equitable market growth that is beneficial to investors, electricity ratepayers, electricity distributors, and society. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has partnered with power sector institutions and stakeholders in Mexico to provide timely analytical support and expertise to help inform policymaking processes on clean distributed generation.
This document describes two technical assistance interventions that used the System Advisor Model (SAM) to inform the distributed generation policymaking processes for the Government of Mexico throughout 2016, with a focus on rooftop solar regulation and policy. These technical assistance interventions were conducted by NREL experts—in close collaboration with staff from various Government of Mexico departments—under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mexico Clean Energy Program. This technical quick read describes relevant contextual aspects of national energy policy, as well as the analysis process, key findings, and impacts. Both analytical exercises described in this report used NREL’s SAM model, which can examine the technical and economic performance of distributed solar systems.