Net Metering Program

By mmuise

The Net Metering program provides an opportunity for customers to generate their own renewable electricity while sending excess power to the grid for a credit. This can be availed from the electricity retailers.

Comments on Funding:

Applicants must enter into a net metering agreement with their utility to send any excess renewable electricity to their grid in exchange for on-bill credits.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

To be eligible for net metering, applicants must:

  • be residential (homes);
  • be businesses;
  • be generating renewable electricity primarily for their own use;
  • meet the utility’s technical, safety and inspection requirements.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. contact their utility to confirm their eligibility and that the renewable energy system can be connected to their grid, before they will proceed in their investments or making arrangements for a renewable energy system for net metering purposes.

2. need to apply to their utility to connect the renewable energy system to their grid;

3. choose to buy their renewable energy system outright, or lease or finance it from a third party, including an electricity retailer:

a) If they are planning to contract with an electricity retailer for the renewable energy system and to buy the electricity generated by the renewable energy system from the electricity retailer, the electricity retailer will ask them to enter into 2 separate agreements – a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and an Associated Equipment Agreement (AEA).

Documentation Needed:

Applicants, in contract with electricity retailers, must provide a signed
1. Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the purchase of electricity generated by the renewable energy system; and
2. Associated Equipment Agreement (AEA) for the renewable energy system itself.

Other Things to Note:

The Net Metering Program is available through the following utility companies:
1. Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation
2. Canadian Niagara Power Inc.
3. Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd.
4. Cooperative Hydro Embrun Inc.
5. ERTH Power Corporation
6. Halton Hills Hydro Inc.
7. Lakefront Utilities Inc.
8. Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro Inc.
9. North Bay Hydro Distribution Limited
10. Orangeville Hydro Limited
11. Ottawa River Power Corporation
12. Sioux Lookout Hydro Inc.
13. Tillsonburg Hydro Inc.
14. Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp.
15. Wellington North Power Inc.

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