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Net Metering & Micro-FIT Programs

Net Metering

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Thinking of using a renewable "green" energy technology to generate your own electricity and reduce your monthly costs? Net metering might be the ideal solution for you.

Net Metering program is available to any Hydro One customer who generates electricity primarily for their own use from a renewable energy source solar using equipment with a total nameplate rating of 500 kW or less.

Net metering allows you to send electricity generated from Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) to Hydro One's distribution system for a credit towards your electricity costs. Excess generation credits can be carried forward for up to 11 months, including the 11th month, to offset future electricity costs. Information on connecting micro generation (up to 10 kW) to Hydro One's system is available. 

Renewable Energy Solutions ... Made Easy!

microFIT (Residential)

As a homeowner you have the opportunity to make money from a small renewable electricity generation project on your property. Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects are expected to be the most common microFIT project in renewable technologies.

Here's how microFIT projects work:

  • If you are a homeowner, you can invest in a "micro scale" solar PV project that generates 10 kW or less of electricity. The microFIT program is a stream of the IESO's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy in Ontario.
  • After your rooftop or ground mounted panels are installed you will begin to produce electricity through the PV panels which feed the Province's electricity grid. In exchange, you will receive a fixed price for the full term of your contract, usually 20 years long, with microFIT
  • You have control over your own project and you receive payments directly for the electricity produced.
  • In addition to earning additional income, you have the opportunity to generate electricity through a renewable source, which contributes to a healthier environment. You can be part of Ontario's green movement, which is the largest climate change initiative in Canada.

How do I get started?

That's simple, call Eco Alternative Energy and our staff will help you through the process of starting your renewable project.

You can reach us today at:

Sharbot Lake: 866-976-3749

For more information about this program, visit IESO's FIT/microFIT program
or visit Hydro One: http://www.hydroone.com/Generators .

WHAT is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural resources like the sun, wind, rain and geothermal heat which are renewable (naturally replenished).

As time progresses and the world makes a clear commitment to shifting toward renewable energy, volume of production for each renewable source becomes cheaper, compared to the rising costs of fossil fuels.

Alternative sources of energy allow us to use renewable resources that are available in limitless supplies and it allows us to preserve limited resources for future generations.

Types of Renewable Energy

Solar Power – To generate solar power, a consumer can use photovoltaic (PV) cells, which produce electricity from sunlight. PV modules can be installed on rooftops. The sun is the most readily available form of energy.

Bio-Energy – Bio-energy is energy available from materials derived from biological sources. Bio-mass is any organic material, which has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy. As a fuel it may include wood, straw, manure and many other byproducts from a variety of agricultural processes.

Water Power – Water power is the largest source of renewable energy in which flowing water is converted to energy to produce hydro power. An example on a larger scale is the powerful conversion of water to hydro power in Niagara Falls. However, water power can be produced in a more simpler form, like a small seasonal creek – as long as the flow is strong enough and steady enough to convert the water into power.

WHEN will Ontario commit to a greener tomorrow?

In May 2009, the Government of Ontario introduced the Green Energy Act created to help Ontario phase out coal, combat climate change and build a strong, greener economy. This act will increase and encourage the production of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, bio-energy and water.

The province is pushing to phase out Ontario's single largest greenhouse gas producer – coal-fired electricity generation – by 2014 and replace it with other sources of energy.