What is Net Metering?
Net metering is a program that allows electricity consumers in Ontario who can produce some of their own power through renewable resources (wind, water, solar or agricultural biomass) to export it back into the grid for credit towards your energy costs. With net metering you save money and protect the environment.
How Does Net Metering Work?
The more you contribute, the more you save. Your utility will subtract the value of electricity you supply to the grid from the value of what you take from the grid, and the ‘net’ difference between these will appear on your bill. If the power you supply to the system is greater than the amount that you actually use, you will receive a credit that can be used towards future energy bills for up to one year.
How do I Apply?
If you are an Essex Powerlines energy customer that can generate electricity primarily from a renewable source then you are eligible to become a net metered customer. Your equipment/generator cannot exceed a maximum cumulative output of 500 kilowatts; most residential generating systems produce between 1 and 4 kilowatts of power.
Here is how the application process works:
- Fill out the Application Form.
- Submit your application with a single line diagram. Essex Powerlines will approve applications within a 10-day period. You will be subject to ESA (Electricity Safety Authority) approval, which means your equipment must be inspected prior installing the meter.
- Sign the Connection Agreement.
Please note: To cancel a net metering agreement, all you need to do is provide your utility with 90 days written notice.
If you implement net metering, you can qualify for a tax rebate. Contact the Ministry of Finance for further details.
To learn more about Net Metering view this brochure developed by the Ontario Ministry of Energy.