Selling power back easier

As the City of Penticton grapples with updating its own policies, the District of Summerland has updated and re-launched its net-metering program. 

The system allows residents with their own energy generation systems, like rooftop solar, to sell electricity back to the grid. 

“Solar energy is a simple, proven source of renewable energy, and the number of Summerland residents benefiting from solar on their property has been increasing dramatically in recent years - from eight customers at the start of 2018 to 25 as of August 2019,” said Mayor Toni Boot.

“Investing in solar and other clean energy sources helps our customers reduce their utility costs, increases our community’s resiliency, and enhances the local economy. Summerland is proud to be a leader in promoting these technologies, and we are excited to welcome the community to our re-launch event to learn more about our net metering program.”

Net-metering customers in Summerland have been able to interconnect with the municipal grid since 2015, but the program update brings with it a simplified application process, up-to-date forms and guidelines and dedicated website.

The program has also been updated to clarify the rates paid for energy produced. 

Customers who produce more energy than their property consumes in any given month will have the excess energy rolled forward into the following month in the form of a credit where it will be applied at the retail rate. At the end of each calendar year, any credits remaining will be purchased by the district at the wholesale rate.

Summerland is holding a re-launch event on August 27, 3 to 6 p.m. in the arena banquet room, where residents will be able to connect with local area installers and subject matter experts.

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