Maritime Electric Net Metering Customer Information
Welcome to Renewable Energy Generation
Net metering allows customers to supply a portion or all of their annual electricity load from a small capacity renewable energy generator.
When you have a net metering agreement, a second electricity meter is installed. One meter measures the electricity being delivered to you from Maritime Electric, while the second meter measures electricity being supplied to Maritime Electric’s grid from your renewable energy generator. The monthly difference between the two meters determines if you will receive energy credits or a bill for the energy you used. The image below shows how net metering works:
To be eligible for net metering, you must:
- Use a renewable energy source (i.e. solar or wind power).
- Be generating electricity to supply your property only.
- Be a Maritime Electric customer who is billed year-long.
- Apply and enter into a net metering agreement with Maritime Electric.
- Meet all requirements outlined in section 13 of the net metering agreement
- Follow the maximum allowed size for a net metered renewable energy generator, which is 100 kW, and some installations 30 kW and larger may require three phase power.
Please note: If you purchased a home with an existing net metering account, you will need to obtain and sign a new net metering agreement as the new home owner.
How to apply
1. Start by consulting with a renewable energy generator professional or qualified electrician. They will assist you in designing a system that will meet your needs.
Renewable Energy Generator Professionals Listed in PEI
- Arc n Spark Electrical
- Aspin Kemp and Associates
- Beaton Electric
- Coulson Energy Services
- Doctor Solar
- Eco Island Energy Solutions
- Hansen Solar Energy Ltd.
- Inphase Electrical
- Jamieson Electric and Refrigeration Ltd.
- M. B. Eye Electrical
- MoJi-fast Technology Ltd.
- Power East Electric
- Renewable Lifestyles Ltd.
- Ray’s Tin Shop
- SunAir Energy Solutions
- Sunly Energy
- Walsh Consulting and Drafting
- Wayne Roper Electrical
- West Prince Solar Inc.
The following list is available on the Government of PEI website.
2. Contact us to get a consumption report that shows how much electricity you use each year. This will help your renewable energy generator professional size your system. Alternatively, you can add up your consumption from your last 12 bills. Count each month individually, as your consumption can vary greatly depending on the time of year.
3. Complete the net metering agreement application form [PDF – 408 kb] and submit your fully completed application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Maritime Electric will review your application to ensure your system meets our requirements, and that it is safe to install at the proposed location. Estimated time for this review is 3-4 weeks.
Please note: Do not start construction of your generating system until your net metering agreement is approved. Due to COVID-19 related supply issues, we are currently experiencing some delays in our meter shipments, which could impact the timeline of your installation. Additionally, it may take up to 3-4 weeks for your application to be processed.
Understanding your bill
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
The cost of a small capacity renewable generator will vary based on the type, size and complexity of the system. Quotes can be obtained from a renewable energy generator professional. You can view a list of renewable energy generator professionals on our website.
Why do I pay taxes on my credits from my small capacity renewable generator?
Tax regulations in PEI require Maritime Electric to charge Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on electricity delivered to customers before credits are applied. HST is calculated for each billing period using the total cost of the electricity delivered by Maritime Electric through your first meter.
How long does it take to get everything set up and running?
The amount of time required for your project will vary depending on the type, size and complexity of the system.
When do my net metering credits expire?
Please refer to PEI's Renewable Energy Act.
What is the dollar amount of my credits?
Net metering credits are energy credits in kilowatt-hours and hold no cash value.
Can I use net metering credits from one account to pay for another account?
Net metering credits can only be used on the account with the small capacity renewable energy generator.
Can I have multiple small capacity renewable energy generators?
Customers are limited to only one small capacity renewable energy generator per metered account. If a customer has multiple metered accounts with Maritime Electric (for example, at different service locations), each metered account may be eligible for a small capacity renewable energy generator.
How do I see what credits I have stored on my account?
Net metering credits are shown on your monthly Maritime Electric bill. The bill includes the amount of credits generated in the given billing period and the total credit balance being carried forward for future use.
- PEI’s Renewable Energy Act
- Office of Energy Efficiency
- Maritime Electric Net Metering Program Brochure [PDF- 792 kb]