Net Metering Ontario

Net Metering

Electricity consumers in Ontario who produce some of their own power from a renewable resource may take advantage of the “net metering” initiative. Net metering allows you to send excess electricity you generate from renewable resources to the distribution system for a credit toward your energy costs. In essence, it’s a “trade” of electricity you supply against electricity you consume.

How does it work? Once you’re connected to the distribution system, your local distribution company will continue to read your meter just as they do now (though they may need to change the meter in order to be able to record the information they need) and then subtract the value of electricity you supply to the grid from the value of what you take from the grid. What you’ll see on your bill is the “net” difference between these two amounts. If you supply more power than what you take from the grid over the billing cycle, you’ll receive a credit toward future energy bills.   The credit can be carried forward for up to 12 months.

Eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • You must generate electricity primarily for your own use;
  • The electricity must be generated solely from a renewable resource (wind, water, solar energy or biomass); and
  • The maximum capacity of the generation facility can’t be more than 500 kilowatts.

Please contact your local Utility Company regarding this program.

Powerstream Net Metering Program Ontario

PowerStream established a Net Metering Policy for eligible customers wishing to participate in the Net Metering program. This program is in compliance with Ontario Regulation 541/05 – Net Metering.

Net Metering is a program whereby eligible customers with specific generation facilities can reduce their net energy costs by exporting surplus generated energy back onto the utility distribution system for credit against the energy the customer consumes from the distribution system.

Customers participating in the Net Metering program will have the net energy charge on their hydro bill adjusted according to the Net Metering Regulation. Essentially, the customer will receive a credit or an adjustment on their monthly (or bi-monthly) hydro bill for the energy exported onto the utility’s grid up to, but not exceeding the value of the energy consumed from the utility’s grid.

If Net Metering customers export more power than they import during a billing period, their excess credit is carried over into their next billing period. Excess energy credits from successive billing periods can be carried-over up to a maximum of ten months. Based on the billing cycle, PowerStream will determine the Account Clearing Month at which time all unused energy credits will be reduced to $0.00.

For HST purposes, the supply of energy to the customer and the exporting of energy on to the utility’s grid are considered to be separate supplies. As a result, the customer will be charged HST based on the gross supply of electricity rather than the net supply.

More on this program:

Hydro One Net Metering Program Ontario

Net Metering Program

Thinking of using a renewable “green” energy technology to generate your own electricity and reduce your monthly costs? Net metering might be the ideal solution for you.

Our Net Metering program is available to any Hydro One customer who generates electricity primarily for their own use from a renewable energy source (wind, water, solar radiation or agricultural biomass) using equipment with a total nameplate rating of 500 kW or less.

Net metering allows you to send electricity generated from Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) to Hydro One’s distribution system for a credit towards your electricity costs. Excess generation credits can be carried forward for up to 11 months, including the 11th month, to offset future electricity costs. Information on connecting micro generation (up to 10 kW) to Hydro One’s system is available:

Ontario FIT Program

FIT Program

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was developed to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources including on-shore wind, waterpower, renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas and solar photovoltaic (PV) for electricity generating projects in Ontario. The fundamental objective of the FIT Program, in conjunction with the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (Ontario) and Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, 2013, is to facilitate the increased development of renewable generating facilities of varying technologies using a standardized, open and fair process.

The FIT Program is open to projects with a rated electricity generating capacity greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) and generally up to 500 kW. If you are interested in pursuing a project of 10 kW or less (e.g., a residential rooftop solar PV installation), your project may qualify under the IESO’s microFIT Program for small renewable energy projects and you should refer to the microFIT website for further information. If you are interested in a project larger than 500 kW, the IESO has a new competitive procurement process for renewable projects of this size. For further information please refer to the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) web page.

Ontario microFIT Program

About microFIT

Consider the benefits of generating clean energy from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water or bioenergy and selling it for a guaranteed price with a fair return on your investment. Join thousands of Ontarians who are already part of the microFIT Program and contributing to a cleaner environment.

The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The program provides homeowners and other eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts (kW) or less in size) on their property.

Under this program, you will be paid a guaranteed price over a 20-year term (40 years for waterpower projects) for all the electricity you produce and deliver to the province’s electricity grid.

Get paid for the power you produce, with prices that:

  • are designed to cover the costs of a typical project
  • allow you to earn a reasonable rate of return on your investment over the term of the contract.

Contribute to a healthier environment by:

The microFIT Program is a streamlined program for small renewable energy projects under the umbrella of the
Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program. The FIT Program is designed for projects generating over 10 kW of electricity.