Friday 19 July 2024
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Net-Metering allows a renewable energy plant owner to export excess renewable energy to the utility grid and benefit from a likewise deduction from the customer's electricity import/consumption bill. The net-meter tracks both energy consumed from the utility grid and the energy exported by the renewable energy system and allows the utility to bill the customer based on the 'net' electricity consumed during the billing period set by EDL.

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An applicant that wishes to connect an on-site renewable energy system, with the main purposes of satisfying his/her local demand for electricity, and wishing to export any excess to the grid, is eligible to be included in a net metering scheme, subject to the required technical standards, and safety requirements (please refer to the checklist in the application form to view these standards and criteria). 

Renewable energy sources do not always coincide with the demand for electricity in our homes and offices. With net metering, a client can export RE power when the demand is low, and reduce the imported power, when the on-site demand is high, thus maximizing the value of RE sources.  Any excess energy fed to the grid by the RE plant will be deducted from the utility bill that is issued every two months. If a producer exports renewable energy more than his/her total energy consumption in any given billing period, then the excess balance is transferred and credited to the next billing period. This process happens over 1 year (January to December), where at the end of the year the meter will be reset again to zero.  

One can apply to a net meter by filling in the net metering application and uploading all the needed documentation online.

A unique ID will be automatically sent to the applicant’s email address. The unique ID can be used to track the application on the net metering website.

The process can take up to 3 months from the application submittal to final approval. The speed of the process is dependent on the completeness and accuracy of the application form filled and the submitted documentation requested. 

A centralized renewable energy plant feeding energy into the utility grid can operate under a virtual (community-based) net-metering scheme. The energy exported by the plant will be divided and distributed among the different shareholders based on the size of their share. The billing and the net energy consumed is individually calculated for each subscriber via a web-based tool that communicates with the installed smart meters. For more information on community-level net-metering, please contact CEDRO - UNDP.


The components of my system do not have all the required certificates and standards; can I still apply?

It is mandatory that all the required certificates are presented for the components in order to attain an approval for a net meter installation.

I submitted my application and I received an email asking for additional documentation, what should I do?

Reply to the email address while attaching the needed documents.

How long does an application study take, and when I get the initial response?

Normally, you will receive the initial response within one month, depending on how many applications are submitted.