What is net metering?

Pakistan has implemented net metering policies to encourage the use of renewable energy, particularly solar power, by residential, commercial, and industrial consumers. Net metering in Pakistan allows consumers to generate their own electricity through renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, and feed the excess energy back into the grid. Here's a general overview of net metering in Pakistan:

  1. Installation of Renewable Energy System: Consumers install renewable energy systems, typically solar panels, on their premises to generate electricity.

  2. Application Process: Interested consumers need to apply for net metering with their local electricity distribution company. The application process may include submitting details about the renewable energy system, property, and load requirements.

  3. Technical Evaluation: The utility company conducts a technical evaluation to ensure that the consumer's premises meet the requirements for installing a net metering system.

  4. Bi-Directional Meter Installation: Upon approval, a bi-directional meter is installed. This meter measures both the electricity consumed from the grid and the surplus electricity generated by the renewable energy system and fed back into the grid.

  5. Grid Connection: The renewable energy system is connected to the local electricity grid, allowing for the two-way flow of electricity.

  6. Credit for Excess Generation: When the renewable energy system produces more electricity than is being consumed on-site, the excess electricity is fed back into the grid, and the consumer receives credits for this surplus.

  7. Offsetting Electricity Bills: The credits earned through net metering can be used to offset future electricity bills. If the consumer generates more electricity than they consume over a billing period, they may receive a credit or have the excess credited to subsequent bills.

  8. Billing Arrangement: At the end of the billing period, the consumer is billed for the net electricity consumed from the grid, taking into account any credits earned through excess generation.

It's important to note that specific regulations and processes for net metering may vary among different provinces in Pakistan. Therefore, individuals and businesses interested in net metering should contact their local electricity distribution company or relevant regulatory authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information on net metering policies in their specific region.

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