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How to apply for net metering

Interested in net metering for your home or business? Follow the steps below to join the program and start saving on your electricity bill.

Application process

Before you begin:

SIMPLE NET METERING

COMPLEX NET METERING

Inverter-based projects up to 27 kW in size with a self-contained revenue meter for service 200A or less.

All other projects up to 100 kW.

Has additional application requirements, noted below. 



1. Submit an application

Net metering applications are completed online. The application allows contractors to start a draft application on behalf of their customer, however it will then be transferred to the customer to authorize and submit. Customers can also create and submit their own application.

Before you begin, you’ll need:

  • Customer’s BC Hydro account number
  • Customer’s meter number
  • Generating system specifications

For complex net metering projects, you’ll also need to have final, digitally rendered versions of the following ready to upload:

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2. We’ll review your application

We’ll review your application to ensure the system’s setup and configuration meets eligibility and safety requirements.

Our review time depends on the scope of your project. Most are reviewed within two weeks, while complex projects may take up to six weeks.

A technical review will be performed for all projects located in our Non-Integrated Areas.

We’ll notify you if we have further questions or once your application’s been accepted.

For complex projects, we'll ask for a few additional requirements when we accept your application. These may include:

3. Install your system

Once your application is accepted, your contractor can move forward with installing your system.

If we requested field verification testing or a commissioning report for your project, notify us before the initial energizing and start-up testing of your system so we can coordinate this.

4. Inspect your system

Have your system inspected. Then, send us a copy of your electrical contractor's Authorization and Declaration of Compliance, or Certificate of Electrical Inspection from a Technical Safety BC Officer. Remember to include your application number in the email.

If we requested additional documentation from you when we accepted your application, you’ll need to include that as well.

5. Connect to the grid

After we’ve reviewed your inspection documentation (usually within two weeks), we'll approve and authorize your connection to the grid.

Then, you’re good to go

Within five weeks, your bill will reflect your net metering usage.

The electricity you generate is first used by your home or business, and your consumption of electricity from BC Hydro is recorded as inflow. When you generate more electricity than you consume, the excess generation is fed back to the grid and recorded as outflow.

View sample net metering bills

How to reach us

If you have questions about net metering, please email us or call 604 224 9376, or if you’re outside the Lower Mainland, at 1 800 BCHYDRO.

The PDF application option is still available, but not preferred. To apply, email us a completed copy of the appropriate PDF form.

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