Net Metering Program British Columbia

Electricity generation options for homes, businesses

Our net metering program is designed for residential and commercial customers who want to connect a small electricity generating unit to the BC Hydro distribution system. Generating units up to 100 kW in capacity that use a clean or renewable resource are eligible to participate in the program.

How net metering works: generation and consumption

Residential and commercial customers can connect a small electricity generating unit of up to 100 kW in capacity – so long as it is a clean or renewable resource – to the BC Hydro distribution system.

As a net metering customer with a smart meter, when you generate more electricity than you use, you receive a credit to your account that is applied against your future electricity use.

At your anniversary date, if you have an excess generation credit remaining on your account, BC Hydro will pay you at the published rate of 9.99 cents per kWh.

https://www.bchydro.com/energy-in-bc/acquiring_power/current_offerings/net_metering.html

Regional District of Nanaimo British Columbia

This program enables homeowners in RDN Electoral Areas and the District of Lantzville to save money while upgrading to energy efficient technology in their home.

Eligibility

Applicants must be homeowners in an RDN Electoral Area or the District of Lantzville. The following systems are eligible for this incentive:

  • Solar Hot Water
  • Photovoltaic
  • Geoexchange (ground-source or water-source)
  • Micro (under 1 kW) and small wind (1 to 10 kW)

http://www.rdn.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=2434

Rebates & Incentives for British Columbia

PST Tax Exemption

Alternative Energy Sources
The following materials and equipment are exempt from PST.

– Wind-powered generating equipment specifically designed to produce mechanical or electrical energy, and generators, controllers, wiring, and devices that convert direct current into alternating current, when they are sold with, and as part of, that equipment.  Energy, Energy Conservation and the ICE Fund Tax Page 10 of 11

– Equipment specifically designed to produce mechanical or electrical energy from ocean tides, currents or waves, and generators, wiring, controllers, monitors, pumps, tubing, floats, water fences, aids to navigation as defined in section 125 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and devices that convert direct current into alternating current, when they are sold with, and as part of, that equipment.

– Solar photovoltaic collector panels, and wiring, controllers, and devices that convert direct current into alternating current, when they are sold with, and as part of, a system that includes solar photovoltaic collector panels.

– Solar thermal collector panels, and wiring, pumps, tubing, and heat exchangers, when they are sold with, and as part of, a system that includes solar thermal collector panels.

– Micro-hydro turbines and generators designed to produce up to 150 kilowatts of mechanical or electrical energy, and controllers, wiring, tubing, and devices that convert direct current into alternating current, when they are sold with, and as part of, that equipment.

Please note: Pipes used to bring water from the source into the micro-hydro generator and turbine qualify for exemption when sold with, and as part of, the system. However, the pipes are subject to PST if purchased separately from the micro-hydro generator and turbine. The pipes are considered to be tubing. Batteries are considered generic, and when purchased for the operation of ocean, wind, solar  and micro-hydro power generating systems, they do not qualify for the exemption.

Please note: The additional components (such as wiring, controllers, devices, tubing etc.) listed in the exemptions above must be sold as complete units with the main equipment for the components to qualify for the exemption. If the components are sold separately, they are taxable, even if the complete unit is invoiced separately for shipping purposes.

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_203.pdf

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/pst_132.pdf