Net metering is a billing mechanism that gives solar system owners credit for the energy they add to the National grid stations. For example, if a private consumer has a solar system in his house, it can generate more energy during sunlight than he consumes at home. If the house is net-metered, the electricity meter will work in reverse to give credit to the owner for extra energy, he produces from solar or wind power.
In short, net metering is a system of billing that provides the facility to the owner of the meter to sell extra electricity to the FESCO he generates from alternate resources like the solar system.
FESCO Net Metering
Faisalabad Electrical Supplies Company (Fesco) has launched a net metering program in its region to bring convenience to consumers. Fesco spokesman Taher Sheikh said on Friday that the company will include industrial, commercial and residential consumers in a net metering program that will allow consumers to use alternative energy sources to generate electricity, including solar and wind power. If so, they can sell excess electricity to Fesco. Energy stated that even if consumers obtain a net metering license from NEPRA, they must submit their net metering applications at the Fesco office.
CHECKLIST FOR FILING NET METERING APPLICATIONS
Following are the requirements of the Net Metering application:
1. Distributed Generation Interconnection Agreement between Distributed Generator and Distribution Company (Schedule-I)
2. Standard Distributed Generation Application Form For Distribution Company (Schedule-II)
3. Application for grant of License National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) (Schedule-III)
4. Application for Exemption from section 24 of the Act (Schedule-IV)
5. Fee Schedule (Schedule-V)
6. Affidavit (On non-judicial paper) (Schedule-VI)
7. Generation License Template (Schedule-VII)
8. Attested copy of CNIC.
9. Copy of last paid electricity bill. (Name of applicant and name mentioned on electricity bill must be same).
10. Technical Data of components including solar modules, inverters, etc.
11. Schematic drawings, Single line diagram of the system 12. Site plan showing the location of the external disconnect switch.
13. Inspection Certificate from approved Installer
i. Only consumers having 3 phase meters installed at their premises are eligible for a net metering facility.
ii. The inverters must be of grid-tied type.
iii. The maximum allowed capacity for the net metering facility is 1000 kW.