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 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].

BC Hydro is hosting a webinar on November 20, 2014 to clarify billing for net metering customers and provide an update on recent changes to the program.