NET METERING allows the customers of Distribution Utilities (DUs) / Electric Cooperatives (EC):
– To install on-site Renewable Energy (RE) facility not exceeding 100 kW in capacity – 100 kWp DC of Solar.
– To generate electricity for their own use.
Any electricity generated that is not consumed by the customer is automatically exported to the DU/ECs distribution system (GRID)
DU/EC gives a peso credit for the excess electricity received equivalent to the DUs blended generation cost, excluding other generation adjustments, and deducts the credit earned to the customers electric bills.
Other but Similar Meaning:
Under RA 9513, also known as the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, customers can install renewable energy (RE) facilities with a capacity of up to 100kW in their properties. Any excess RE electricity produced is exported to a distribution utility (DU) like Meralco, and its corresponding value will be given as credits to the customer’s next bill.
For RE installations above 100kW or for those that are solely for the customer’s own use, these are not covered by the Net Metering program, but fall under Zero Export (Own Use). Customers are still required to inform the DU about such installations to ensure that the RE facility does not inadvertently leak energy back to the grid.
However in NET METERING, the DU/EC will only pay around 40% kWh rate on the average (Basically the Generation Charge)
If you don’t have the right meter installed, DU/EC will read the excess power produced by your solar panels as additional consumption. This means you will be billed for both the power that Meralco supplied your home as well as the surplus power your solar panels provided.
EXPORT CONTROL should be programmed.
Yes, you can use a Solar PV System even without applying Net Metering. The Net Metering is just an option or program from your DU/EC that enables you to sell to them your unused or excess energy produced. If you’re not planning to apply for NET METERING we can simply design a system based on your needs for your consumption during day time; or better simply shift your electric usage into day time between 10AM to 3PM which will increase your utilization of the solar energy produced. Also we will turn on the Export Control features to avoid possible feed in and charges.