Net Metering (Ontario, Canada)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Net Metering (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Financial Incentive
Policy Type Net Metering
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Ontario Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Ontario, Canada

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source Hydro One:

Toronto Hydro:


Ontario's net metering regulation allows you to send electricity generated from renewable sources to the electrical grid for a credit toward your energy costs. Here's how it works. 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 those two amounts. Net metering means you no longer need to purchase expensive batteries or a backup generator - or factor those costs into the price of installing a renewable energy generation system. If you supply power that is worth more than what you take from the grid over the billing period, you'll receive a credit that can help lower future energy bills. The more electricity you produce, the greater your savings.

Net metering is available to any Ontario customer who generates electricity primarily for their own use from a renewable source (wind, water, solar or agricultural biomass), using equipment of maximum cumulative output up to 500 kilowatts in size.

Policy Contact

Department Government of Ontario, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Phone 888-688-4636


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Date Effective 2005-08-18