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

July 31, 2014

  • As part of the Clean Energy Strategy contained in the Integrated Resource Plan and approved by the Province in the fall of 2013, BC Hydro applied to the BC Utilities Commission on February 28, 2014 to increase the nameplate capacity limit of generators eligible to participate in the Net Metering program (under Tariff Rate Schedule 1289) from 50 to 100 kW. On July 25 the BC Utilities Commission approved BC Hydro’s application.