We’ve offered net metering services for many years, but recently expanded the program and often refer to it as Enhanced Net Metering.
How it Works
Nova Scotians can install a source of renewable energy such as a wind turbine or set of solar panels – or even a small hydro or biomass generator - to help power their home or business.
If your generating unit produces more energy than you use at any one time, the extra electricity will flow onto the local grid for others to use. On the other hand, if your generator isn’t producing as much as you need, you can still draw from the grid to make up the difference. When you become a net metering customer, we’ll install a bi-directional electricity meter to monitor and record the flow of electricity to and from your home or business. If at the end of billing period you’ve produced more energy than you’ve used, you’ll receive a credit on your next bill. If at the end of a year you’ve still produced more electricity than you’ve used, we’ll provide a cash payment for the surplus energy that has not already been applied to your power bill at a rate equal to the cost of energy from the grid.
Net metering customers continue to pay a monthly base charge as normal. Commercial and industrial business customers, where applicable, will also pay their regular demand charges. See which electricity rates apply to you.
A Few Things to Consider
Your renewable energy generator must be sized to meet your electricity consumption. Put another way, the generation capacity of your wind turbine or other equipment must be comparable to the amount of electricity used by your home, business, or other accounts, and cannot be capable of producing more than 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity.
Note: Effective December 18, 2015, legislation reduced the maximum nameplate capacity from 1,000 kW (1 Megawatt) to 100 kW. Therefore, any enhanced net metering applications on or after December 18, 2015 are subject to the new 100 kW limit. The previous 1,000 kW nameplate capacity limit may apply to customers that have been generating their own electricity prior to December 18, 2015. For more details, please see Bill 141 - Electricity Plan Implementation (2015) Act.
Customers are able to use their generator to supply electricity to multiple metered accounts - such as a home and a business with the same account owner - within a geographical area known as a distribution zone. For example, while a larger wind turbine may not be feasible to use at a single home, it could potentially be used to help power multiple properties with the same account owner in a given community.
Most municipalities have their own regulations and bylaws with respect to the siting of wind turbines. Contact your specific municipality’s planning office for more specific information.
For more information on the application process, see How to Apply.
For more information how Enhanced Net Metering works and whether the program might be for you, see Frequently Asked Questions.