How to Apply For Net Metering

Simple Net Metering

You can apply for Simple Net Metering if your project:

  • Meets the technical requirements as outlined in our Interconnection requirements [PDF, 596 KB]
  • Is inverter-based and the inverters are certified to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C22.2 No. 107.1
  • Has an aggregate inverter nameplate rating of up to 27 kW
  • Has self-contained revenue metering (service 200 A or less)

Application process

A technical review will be performed for all applications received for projects located in our Non-Integrated Areas.

Click here for the printer friendly version of the Simple Net Metering application process [PDF, 126 KB]

  1. Submit an application
  2. Install your system
    • Once your application is accepted, your contractor can move forward with installing your system.

  3. Inspect your system
    • Submit your electrical contractor's Authorization & Declaration of Compliance or Certificate of Electrical Inspection from a Technical Safety BC Officer.

  4. Connect to the grid
    • We'll authorize your connection to the grid.
    • This is usually two weeks after receiving the electrical inspection.

  5. Start saving
    • Your next bill will reflect your BC Hydro electricity usage reduced by your electricity generation and by any excess generation we credited you if you generated more electricity than you needed.

Qualified contractors are able to:

  • Design and install your clean or renewable energy system safely
  • Optimize your system size based on your electricity use profile
  • Assist with the application process
  • Provide estimated monthly savings

You can find a qualified contractor through the Canadian Solar Industries Association member directory or the BC Sustainable Energy Directory.

Complex Net Metering

You must apply for Complex Net Metering if your project:

  • Meets the technical requirements as outlined in our Interconnection requirements [PDF, 596 KB]
  • Does not meet the Simple Net Metering requirements. For example, the project:
    • Is not inverter-based, or the inverters are not certified to the requirements of CSA C22.2 No. 107.1
    • Has an aggregate size greater than 27 kW and of up to 100 kW
    • Is an induction or synchronous generator
    • Has instrument transformer revenue metering (services greater than 200 A)

Application process

A technical review will be performed for all applications received for projects located in our Non-Integrated Areas.

Click here for the printer friendly version of the Complex Net Metering application process [PDF, 153 KB]

  1. Submit an application
    Email the following documents:
  2. Accepting your application
    When we accept your application, we'll provide a few additional requirements which may include:
    • Field verification testing (charges apply),
    • Commissioning report
    • Photos of the system—prior to authorizing your connection to the grid (see our Interconnection Requirements for more details).
    • Incremental interconnection costs may apply (see section 9.12 of Electric Tariff: Generating Facility Connections [PDF, 61 KB])

  3. Install your system
    • Your contractor can move forward with installing your system.

  4. Test & commission your system
    • Notify us early before the initial energizing and start-up testing of your system, as we may need to coordinate a field verification test or a commissioning report.

  5. Inspect your system
    • Submit your electrical contractor's Authorization & Declaration of Compliance or Certificate of Electrical Inspection from a Technical Safety BC Officer.
    • Submit any other documentation as requested at the time of acceptance.

  6. Connect to the grid
    • We'll authorize your connection to the grid.
    • This is usually two weeks after receiving the electrical inspection.

  7. Start saving
    • Your next bill will reflect your BC Hydro electricity usage reduced by your electricity generation and by any excess generation we credited you if you generated more electricity than you needed.

Qualified contractors are able to:

  • Design and install your clean or renewable energy system safely
  • Optimize your system size based on your electricity use profile
  • Assist with the application process
  • Provide estimated monthly savings

You can find a qualified contractor through the Canadian Solar Industries Association member directory or the BC Sustainable Energy Directory.