Distributed Photovoltaic Power Generation: Possibilities, Benefits, and Challenges for a Widespread Application in the Mexican Residential Sector

34 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2017

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Pedro Hancevic

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas

Hector Nuñez

Banco de la Republica

Juan Rosellon

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

Mexico plans to implement a national program to support the adoption of distributed photo-voltaic generation (DPVG) among qualified households. The main objectives of such a program would be to reduce the burden of the substantial federal energy subsidy and increase the share of renewable energy sources used to generate electricity. In this paper we assess the current conditions under which the Mexican residential electricity sector operates, and quantify the potential effects that the massive adoption of DPV systems would have on household expenditure and welfare, subsidy reduction, pollution and water resource usage. Based on the positive results in terms of both economic and environmental effects, our paper provides a significant support for further design and implementation of a DPVG program.

Keywords: Distributed solar photovoltaic generation, residential electricity consumption, energy subsidies, air pollution, water resource usage

JEL Classification: Q28, Q42, Q53

Suggested Citation

Hancevic, Pedro and Nuñez, Hector and Rosellon, Juan, Distributed Photovoltaic Power Generation: Possibilities, Benefits, and Challenges for a Widespread Application in the Mexican Residential Sector (April 2017). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1663, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2960045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2960045

Pedro Hancevic (Contact Author)

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas ( email )

Carretera Mexico-Toluca 3655
Lomas de Santa Fe
Mexico City, 01210
Mexico

Hector Nuñez

Banco de la Republica ( email )

Carrera 7 #14-78
Bogota
Colombia

Juan Rosellon

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas ( email )

Carretera Mexico Toluca 3655
01210 Mexico, D.F.
Mexico

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