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NET METERING BENEFITS
Net metering systems are connected to the local utility grid, and enable eligible customers to reduce their net energy costs by exporting surplus generated electricity back into the utility grid for credit against the electricity they consume.
Net Metering is a type of grid tied solar installation that is connected directly to the homeowner’s electrical panel. When the homeowner’s solar panels produce electricity, it can be used directly. But in the case where more electricity is being produced than it is being consumed simultaneously, the extra electricity will be sent back to the grid, earning the homeowner credits in exchange. The Net Metering system is simple and cost effective. You get real value for the energy produced, without having to install a second meter or a battery storage system. It allows homeowners and businesses to produce energy, which takes some of the pressure off the grid, especially during periods of peak consumption. With rising electricity costs, Net Metering is becoming an attractive option for more homeowners. This is because the more the price of electricity increases, the more they can benefit from having a Net Metering system. Plus there is the added convenience of being connected to the grid. If the produced power doesn’t meet demand, extra electricity can always be drawn from the grid.
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FortisFortis's Net Metering program is designed for residential and commercial customers who wish to generate their own electricity using a "BC Clean" energy source such as solar, wind or micro hydro, and connect to the Fortis distribution system. When customers with their own generation capabilities produce more than they consume, they will receive a credit from Fortis that goes to their account and can be applied against future consumption charges or be paid out annually. Fortis Net Metering Program
BC Hydro's net metering program is designed for residential and commercial customers who wish to connect a small PV electricity system to the BC Hydro distribution system. Generating units up to 50 kW in capacity are eligible to participate in the program.BCHydro Net Metering
How net metering works: generation and consumption
As a net metering customer, when you generate more electricity than you consume, you receive a credit to your account that is applied against your future consumption. At your anniversary date, if you have an excess generation credit remaining on your account, BC Hydro may make a one-time payout at the published rate of 9.99 cents per kWh.
Are you eligible for Net Metering?
To participate in BC Hydro's Net Metering program, your PV System must comply with the following key requirements:
Why invest in a grid-tie system?
Solar users like using their own energy first, and knowing its source is clean, renewable energy production. Solar fixes the energy costs, avoiding utility rate increases. Some provinces like Ontario have a feed-in tariff that offers to purchase the power from your system, creating an income stream.
What happens in winter?
Solar energy does vary throughout the year. The graph above is for Vancouver. In practice, grid-tie system owners don’t usually worry about snow as winter months have low production.
Why are solar panels a good investment?
Solar electric panels feature a 25 year output warranty and will likely last for 30 years or more. This means the solar system you install today will produce free and reliable electricity for decades. As an investment in your home, cottage or RV, your system will enhance its value while delivering clean, quiet energy for you to use. Now that’s a smart investment!
Explain Grid-Tie to me. What can I expect?
Grid-tie solar systems are used for homes in the city. A solar system mounted on the roof can produce some or most of the electricity consumed in the home. Most Canadian houses use between 5,000 kWh (very efficient) and 13,000 kWh (not very efficient) per year. Solar systems can reduce electrical consumption by the following amount:
How does a Grid-Tie System work?
See the cross section of a house with solar grid-tie system. There are two basic components:
Solar array: One to ten kilowatts of solar panels, typically mounted on unused south facing roof space.
Inverter: Converts solar energy (DC) to match utility power.
What happens during a power failure?
Grid-tie systems safely disconnect in the event of a power failure. We offer the option of a Secure Source battery backup that would run some selected loads like pumps or lighting in the event of a blackout.
How can I do a calculation to determine what system size to go with?
You can use our Grid-Tie calculator.
How much energy can I gather with a solar electric system?
In most of Canada, a kilowatt (1000 watts) of solar panels (area A. of 80 - 90 ft2), mounted with good exposure facing south, could generate between 1000 and 1400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. The map below shows how this varies around Canada.
Canada's Solar Potential and Insolation
How Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems Work
The Enphase Microinverter The Enphase Microinverter is a fundamentally new approach to solar energy.
Traditionally, solar systems are designed around a single inverter device. This means that tens, hundreds or even thousands of solar panels are controlled all at once, which decreases system performance and reliability.
Enphase Microinverters replace these large pieces of electrical equipment with small electronics attached to each solar panel. Each microinverter uses advanced digital electronics to precisely control the power from the panel, leading to significant increases in overall output and adding a new layer of intelligence throughout the system.
The Enphase System Each Microinverters integrates with advanced networking technology and web-based software to enable new levels of intelligence and connectivity in the solar array.
Specifically, the Enphase Microinverter System consists of the following components:
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