Net Metering

What is Net Metering?

The net metering initiative may be used by electricity consumers in Ontario who generate some of their own energy from a renewable resource. Net metering enables you to send surplus electricity from renewable resources to the distribution system for a credit towards your electricity bill. For a successive 12-month period, excess generation credits can be carried forward to offset future electricity bills. Customers with net meters can now combine energy storage with renewable energy systems.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Find out more about the process: Contact us and we will provide you with the technical specifications, the approval process and how to get your net metering contract. You should also contact the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario (ESA), as your system must be inspected and approved by the ESA to guarantee that it is correctly connected to the grid.
  2. Investigate your alternatives for renewable energy: information can be provided by renewable energy organizations, advisors and suppliers. For urban clients, a solar system may be the best renewable energy choice as wind or water systems require ample space and may not be permitted under zoning regulations. In rural areas, wind, water or agricultural biomass energy may be an option.
  3. Determine the size of the generation unit that will suit your needs: use your prior bills as a starting point to tailor your system to your individual energy demand. Since your credits can only be carried forward for 12 months, oversizing a generation system does not increase the benefits.

If you have any questions regarding the Net Metering initiative, please contact Newmarket-Tay Power's Generation Team
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the process take?

The process is dependent on size for small and medium sized projects it may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

How much does the process cost?

Prices can vary depending on project scope please submit an application for pricing.

Am I eligible for Generation?

Please make an application to determine eligibility.

How many credits do I have?

Please refer to your monthly hydro bill as it will indicate you current credit balance.

How much does a generation system cost?

Please contact a renewable generation installation company for costs.