Net Metering Program
Electricity generation options for homes, businesses
BC Hydro's net metering program is designed for residential and commercial customers who wish to connect a small electricity generating unit to the BC Hydro distribution system. Generating units up to 100 kW in capacity that utilize a clean or renewable resource are eligible to participate in the program.
As a net metering customer, when you generate more electricity than you use, you receive a credit to your account that is applied against your future electricity use.
At your anniversary date, if you have an excess generation credit remaining on your account, BC Hydro will pay you at the published rate of 9.99 cents per kWh.
Read the information sheet [PDF, 604 KB] for the details on how Net Metering works and how to read your Hydro bill.
Rate Schedule 1289 – Net Metering Service [PDF, 592 KB] is applicable to net metering customers.
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