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 100 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

November 27, 2014

The presentation for the November 20 Net Metering Program Update webinar has been posted. The webinar provided an overview of the program and covered the billing process as well as the recent increase in the nameplate capacity limit of generators to 100 kW and the revised technical requirements for interconnecting these generators. The presentation can be found on our Workshops & Presentations page.

November 7, 2014

Following the BC Utilities Commision’s July 25 approval [PDF, 340 KB] of BC Hydro’s application to increase from 50 to 100 kW the nameplate capacity limit of generators eligible to participate in the Net Metering program (under Tariff Rate Schedule 1289 [PDF, 592 KB]), BC Hydro has revised its technical requirements for interconnecting small generators and published the Distributed Generation Technical Interconnection Requirements 100 kW and Below [PDF, 596 KB].