Net Metering Program

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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 50 kW in capacity that utilize a clean or renewable resource are eligible to participate in the program.

How net metering works: generation and consumption

As a net metering customer, when you generate more electricity than you consume, you receive a credit to your account that is applied against your future consumption.

At your anniversary date, if you have an excess generation credit remaining on your account, BC Hydro may make a one-time payout at the published rate of 9.99 cents per kWh.

Rate Schedule 1289 – Net Metering Service is applicable to net metering customers.

News and updates

March 13, 2014

  • In response to the application to increase the capacity limit under Net Metering, the BC Utilities Commission has established a Written Public Hearing process, see BCUC’s Order and Regulatory Schedule [PDF, 209 KB].

March 4, 2014

  • On February 28, 2014, BC Hydro filed an application [PDF, 244 KB] to the BC Utilities Commission to increase the nameplate capacity limit under Net Metering from 50 to 100 kW.