All About Net Metering
There is a program defined by the Department of Energy as the Net Metering scheme. In the Philippines, 100kWp solar panel systems are allowed to connect to the grid under the Net Metering program. According to the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, net metering is an incentive scheme carried out by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) that aims to encourage users to participate in the generation of renewable energy for exportation of excess electricity to a distribution utility.
“Any electricity generated that is not consumed by the customer is automatically exported to the DU’s distribution system. The DU then gives a peso credit for the excess electricity received equivalent to the DU’s blended generation cost, excluding other generation adjustments, and deducts the credits earned to the customer’s electric bill.”
However, this program is not as consumer-friendly as the same program in various other countries all over the world, where the consumer is credited in its essence, at parity pricing.
How do you apply for net metering?
The one surefire way to maximize the benefits of your solar is through net metering. Section 10 of R.A. 9513 states that distribution utilities shall enter into net-metering agreements with qualified end-users who will be installing a Renewable Energy system upon request of the user as subject to technical considerations and without discrimination.
STEP 1: PREPARE ALL THE DOCUMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS
§ Photocopy of previous monthly Meralco bill
§ Photocopy of two valid government identification cards
§ Land Title or Transfer Certificate of Title
§ Realty Tax Receipt
§ Notarized Authorization Letter for the assigned representative that will facilitate your application
§ Deed of Sale (if the electric bill is under the previous owner’s name)
§ Occupancy Permit
§ Barangay Permit
§ Photo of the House
§ Photo of Main Breaker with a label of load schedule
§ Net Metering Application Form
§ Plant Parameters with Technical Documentation
§ Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection
§ Single Line Diagram
§ Electrical Permit
STEP 2: DISTRIBUTION IMPACT STUDY (DIS) – 2 to 8 weeks
Meralco will instruct you to pay for a DIS fee, which varies in amount. Additionally, you have to pay the amount of Php15,000 payable to the Energy Regulatory Commission.
STEP 3: YELLOW CARD – 2 to 4 weeks
Meralco will study your house and area, then issue a Yellow Card. You will then submit this yellow card to the City Hall to claim the Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection.
STEP 4: SERVICE DISCONNECT – 2 to 8 weeks
With the yellow card, you will be instructed to install a service disconnect accessible outside your house, a grounding rod, and a new meter base.
STEP 5: ELECTRICAL PERMIT APPLICATION – 1 to 2 weeks
Submit the application for an electrical permit with signed and sealed blueprint reflecting the solar system to the City Hall. Requirements that should be submitted with the application are: Title, occupancy permit, tax declaration, barangay permit, and PEE signed and sealed plans.
STEP 6: NET METERING APPLICATION – 2 to 6 weeks
Submit the Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection to Meralco and sign the contracts. The meter is replaced with a bidirectional meter after the contracts are signed.
The Benefits of Net Metering
The process can take weeks to months, depending on the city in which you reside. Once your net metering is approved and active, you can now enjoy the full range of benefits of your solar system.
Reduced Electricity Costs
With net metering, you can now export surplus power that your home did not utilize. This allows you to earn bill credits. In other words, if you produce more than you consume, the utility credits you for your excess energy. This is one way in which your utility expenses are reduced – or, in some cases, eliminated.
Protect the Planet
Since your home is on solar, you will be responsible for producing clean and sustainable power, especially during the times of peak power consumption. This reliance on renewable energy means you reduce your carbon footprint. This also means you are responsible for a safer and renewable environment.
Turning on the sun
At Solaric, we appeal to Filipino sensibilities of approachability, service, and value. Before we give a quotation, we learn how you use energy. We determine the best ways to maximize your return on a hard-earned investment. We present different strategies to ensure that you achieve your solar goals. We want to ensure reduced expenses and increased savings so that you make that one-time wise business and environmental investment. We always do our best to deliver fast, efficient, and thorough customer service. We are in the business of not just selling solar panels – but also enabling solar-powered lifestyles. With this, we want to provide endless satisfaction by delivering Solaric Service Satisfaction, ranging from permanent reduction of electric bills to the ultimate ZERO bill.
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