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Net Metering & Net Zero

Generating units that produce renewable energy such as wind, solar, small hydro or biomass can be added to homes or businesses with the addition of a bi-directional meter. This meter monitors the electricity generated by the renewable energy system and also records conventional electricity consumption from Nova Scotia Power's system.

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. If the renewable energy generating system produces more power than consumed, it is delivered to the provincial grid and the customer receives an energy credit that can be applied against future usage.

What Makes the New Program "Enhanced"?

Customers will now be provided with an annual cash payment for any surplus energy that has not been applied to their power bills over the previous 12 months at a rate equal to what the customer pays for energy from the distribution grid.

The generator capacity limit has increased from 100 kilowatts (kW) to one megawatt (MW). Generators must be sized to meet a customer's electricity consumption.

Customers will be able to use their generator to supply electricity to multiple owned metered accounts within a geographical area known as a distribution zone. So while a larger wind turbine may not be feasible to use at a single home, it could potentially be used to power multiple serviced premises in a given community.

From Nova Scotia Power: Enhanced Net Metering, 2013