Consider the benefits of generating clean energy from renewable sources such as the sun and selling it or a guaranteed price with a fair return on your investment. Join thousands of Ontarians who are already a part of the microFIT program and contributing to a cleaner environment.
The microFIT program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario governments efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The program provides homeowners and other eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small or "micro" renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts kW) or less in size on their property.
Under this program, you will be paid a guaranteed price over a 20 year term for all the electricity you produce and deliver to the province's electricity grid.
Get paid for the power you produce, with prices that:
Light from the sun strikes the solar panel. Electrons are knocked free creating electricity as a Direct Current (DC). Direct Current is converted into a more usable Alternate Current (AC) via an inverter.
AC is the power utilized to run your household appliances. This alternating current (AC) is redirected into a utility meter to measure the volume of electricity before sending it to the grid.
The energy generated from your solar panels is sold to a local distribution company to power the grid. And because it is clean, you get a premium rate.
Your home continues to be powered by electricity from the grid. The clean energy from your solar panels powers our communities.
What is net metering?
Net metering allows you to send electricity generated from renewable sources such as SOLAR to the electrical grid for a credit toward your energy costs.
How does it work?
Your utility will subtract the value of electricity you supply to the grid from the value of what you take from the grid. What you'll see on your bill is the"net" difference between these two amounts.
Net metering means:
If you supply power that is worth more than what you take from the gird over the billing period, you'll receive a credit that can help lower future energy bills. "The more electricity you produce, the greater the savings."
How ill my bill be calculated?
Your local utility will continue to read your meter just as they do now. The bill you see will reflect the difference between the value of the energy you exported to the grid and the value of the energy you need to take from the grid.
Apply only to your net consumption. If that portion of your bill is zero, or a credit, your bill will include only your distributor's fixed monthly customer charge. And if you have more credit than you can apply to one bill you can carry the balance forward for up to one year to offset future costs.
Who's eligible for net metering?
Net Metering is available to any Ontario customer who generates electricity primarily for their own use from a renewable source (SOLAR) using equipment of maximum cumulative output up to 500 kW in size.