Net Metering Program

If you want to generate your own renewable energy so you can reduce your electricity bill, you can join our Net Metering Program. Residential, commercial and irrigation customers can participate.

About net metering

As a net metering customer, you’ll use a meter that has two displays: one to show the kilowatt hours (kWh) delivered to your home or business and one to show the kilowatt hours of generated electricity we received from you. If you generate more electricity than you can use in one billing period, the excess is banked and can be used in a future billing period.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must use a renewable energy source such as power, solar, wind, geothermal, wood residue or energy from organic municipal waste.
  • The generation equipment must be located on your property.
  • The power produced from the generation system only serves your property.
  • The generating capacity of the system is designed to only offset some or all of your consumption. The maximum allowable generating capacity is 50 kW. Energy production is limited to what is required to offset your expected annual energy consumption.

How to apply

  1. Complete and submit the Net metering application.
  2. FortisBC will review your application and provide approval for construction.
  3. Once your application is approved, you can begin constructing your generation facility.
  4. Once construction is complete and deemed compliant, you and your contractor will complete and submit the Interconnection Agreement* to [email protected].

*For more information, read the Net Metering Interconnection Guidelines

Generating your own electricity

  • Almost all customers in the program use more electricity than they generate; however, using the Kilowatt Hour Bank can mean lower annual bills.
  • A few customers may generate electricity in excess of their own annual use and may have energy banked in the Kilowatt Hour Bank at the end of the year.
  • Any excess electricity will be settled annually, rather than each billing period at the same rate as FortisBC pays other power producers.

Understanding your bill

If you’re already enrolled in our Net Metering Program, you’ll see some new information included on your next bill – something called a Kilowatt Hour Bank (kWh) balance. See a sample bill to find out more.

Guidelines, tariffs and updates

We’re here to help

If you have questions, please email or call us at 1-866-436-7847, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.