Generating your own electricity
Generation options for homes, businesses
Our net metering program is designed for those who generate electricity for their own use. When you generate more than you need, you feed it back to the grid and get a bill credit towards your future electricity use. When you don't generate enough to meet your needs, you buy it from us.
If you still have generation credits at your anniversary date (March 1), we'll pay you for the excess electricity at the market price.
By the numbers
- As of June 2021, over 3,700 customers have been participating in our net metering program.
- Majority of customers chose to install a solar photovoltaic system.
- The average household uses approximately 10,000 kWh per year. A typical solar installation on a residential roof is 7 kilowatt (kW) in size with 16 solar panels, which in B.C., generates 7,700 kWh of electricity over a year.
All our customers whose electricity generators meet the following criteria are welcome to participate:
- Be owned or leased by the customer
- Connect to our distribution system
- Use a clean or renewable resource as defined by the Clean Energy Act (such as solar, wind, hydro, etc)
- Have an aggregate nameplate capacity of no more than 100 kW
Projects in our Non-Integrated Areas
BC Hydro will be performing a thorough technical review of all net metering applications received for projects located in our Non-Integrated Areas (NIA). Because the NIA systems are balancing a variety of resources against the load (including diesel, existing or proposed IPP renewable generation and new intermittent renewable energy via net metering) it will require a deeper and more detailed review of each individual net metering application to ensure that BC Hydro continues to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity to its NIA customers. BC Hydro strongly recommends that NIA customers do not purchase their generating equipment until their net metering application is accepted by BC Hydro.
How to apply
- Rate Schedule 1289 Net Metering Service [PDF, 976 KB]
- Sample net metering bill – summer [PDF, 257 KB], Sample net metering bill – winter [PDF, 269 KB]
- Distribution Generation Interconnection Practices [PDF, 270 KB]
- Net Metering Evaluation Report #5 [PDF, 1.0 MB]
Net metering stories, video
Engagement & presentations
July 27, 2021
We've posted updated samples of drawings to assist solar contractors with Complex net metering applications..
June 22, 2021
Clean Power 2040 is BC Hydro's plan for how we'll ensure we can continue to deliver clean, reliable electricity for the next 20 years. As a net metering customer, there are elements in the draft plan that may interest you. Take the opportunity to review the draft plan and share your feedback.
February 16, 2021
BC Hydro hosted the Net Metering informational webinar. Please view the webinar's presentation [PDF, 849 KB].
January 20, 2021
BC Hydro is hosting a Net Metering informational webinar on February 16, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
October 30, 2020
BC Hydro submitted an evaluation report [PDF, 2.2 MB] to the B.C. Utilities Commission.
September 15, 2020
BC Hydro will be sending an evaluation report to the BC Utilities Commission by October 31, 2020. To help inform the report, we asked you to share your views in the survey. The survey closed on September 25, 2020.
August 19, 2020
The new Rate Schedule 1289 Net Metering Service [PDF, 976 KB] effective June 23, 2020 has been posted.
July 22, 2020
In a recent decision, the BCUC approved changes to the Net Metering program.
These changes will provide customers with increased opportunities to offset their load while ensuring the price paid for excess energy is aligned with the wholesale electricity market and reflects its value to BC Hydro.
The main changes approved by the BCUC:
- Lower the price paid for the annual surplus energy to a market price, updated each year;
- Provide a transitional energy price of 9.99 cents per kWh to existing customers until April 2024;
- Remove the interim requirement to limit a customer's generation size to the annual load; and
- Assign a March 1 anniversary date with one complimentary opportunity to choose an alternative date after.
How these changes impact customers:
- If your net metering application was accepted before April 29, 2019, you'll continue to receive the transitional energy price of 9.99 per kWh until April 2024, then move to the market price.
- If your net metering application was accepted on or after April 29, 2019, you'll receive the market price for surplus energy.
- Customers applying to the program will not be required to limit the generation size to the annual load and can apply for a generating facility up to 100 kW.
- All customers will have a March 1 anniversary date set to allow the best opportunity to offset their BC Hydro energy costs by applying their generation credits over fall and winter months. Customers have one opportunity to choose an alternative anniversary date after.
We'll be implementing these changes in the coming months.
June 25, 2020
On June 23, 2020 the B.C. Utilities Commission issued the Decision on BC Hydro's Application to Amend Net Metering Service under Rate Schedule 1289 [PDF, 3.1 MB] for changes to the Net Metering Program.
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YouTube video: Solar power and BC Hydro net metering
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