Prior to requesting a Preliminary Interconnection Study to generate your own power, we recommend you consider the cost of setting up a renewable generation system.
How It Works
Download the Net Metering Process Checklist and the Net Metering Step-by-Step Process to help ensure the process goes as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
1. You complete and send the application for the Preliminary Interconnection Study
Download an application form — Application for Net Metering and Preliminary Interconnection Study
The return address is at the top of the form. Only properly and fully completed applications that are accompanied with the appropriate payment will be processed. Please keep a copy of all information you submit to SaskPower for your records.
Sample completed applications
You will also have to include the following diagrams with your application:
- General site drawing and map for generation system;
- Equipment line diagram completed by an electrician, of all generation equipment, inverters, utility disconnect switch, panel (sub panel), main breaker connection, and meter; and
- Specification sheets from your supplier on the generation equipment and inverters and any other non-standard equipment. The inverter must meet Canadian Standards Association and Underwriters Laboratories certification.
2. We send you a letter of quote and Interconnection Agreement
After we receive the completed Application for Net Metering and Preliminary Interconnection Study with payment and associated drawings, we will send you a letter of quote and the Interconnection Agreement for net metering. The quote will include the total costs associated with connection and the bi-directional meter. If needed, review this with the SaskPower business office shown on the letter of quote to ensure proper understanding of the costs involved. We also recommend you review the Electric Service Business Policy/Non-Utility Generation .
3. You sign the letter of quote and Interconnection Agreement
If you agree with the quote and the Interconnection Agreement, sign them both and send one copy of the agreement and quote to the SaskPower regional business office shown on the letter of quote, along with the payment indicated in the quote, and keep a copy of the agreement for your records.
4. Your electrical contractor applies for an electrical permit on your behalf
Your electrical contractor will obtain the electrical permit on your behalf. A copy of your application and associated drawings must be submitted directly to Electrical Permits and Inspections for preliminary review as required under the Canadian Electrical Code. A final electrical inspection of your system cannot be completed without an electrical permit. Plan to contact Electrical Inspections a few weeks before your system is commissioned to schedule a date for final inspection.
5. You have the generation technology installed
Finalize the power generation technology you want to purchase from your supplier and arrange for the system to be installed on your property. If you change the technology or equipment from what you submitted, you will have to submit a second Application for Net Metering and Preliminary Interconnection Study.
Your electrical contractor should commission your system and ensure it is working properly.
6. An Electrical inspection will be performed once the system is installed and verified by the supplier that it is working correctly.
Contact Electrical Permits and Inspections a few weeks prior to completion to arrange a date for final inspection. The electrical contractor, installer and electrical inspector must be on-site together during the inspection.
7. We install a bi-directional meter
The bi-directional meter will be installed by a SaskPower Metering Services technician.
8. We update your account to Net Metering
Your SaskPower bill will now show both the net electricity consumed over the billing period and net electricity generated by your system as kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits. Any excess kWh credits remaining each billing period will be carried over to the next month to be included with that billing period's generated electricity. The kWh credits will be applied against the kWh consumed over a 12 month period. Any kWh credits still available at that time will be reset to zero.
Application Process Time
This process, which includes all necessary applications, the installation and commissioning of your system, and the installation of your bi-directional meter, can take from two to six months. Use the Net Metering Process Checklist and the Net Metering Step-by-Step Process to avoid unnecessary delays.