Net Metering Rules

 

Applicants may apply for more than one project, or additional projects in the future, as long as the program is still accepting applications.

Each application is subject to its own Preliminary Interconnection Study and each project must have its own contractual agreements. For more information about requirements see the Electric Service Business Policy/Non-Utility Generation.

  • Eligibility

    • Must have an existing service with SaskPower;
    • No outstanding bills on account;
    • System must have a nominal (nameplate) capacity less than or equal to 100 kilowatts (kW) of power;
    • Must use environmentally preferred technologies; and
    • Must meet SaskPower interconnection safety, protection and power quality requirements.
  • Contract terms

    The net metering agreement is a two-year agreement from the date of execution. It is also renewable in two-year increments unless either party gives written notice of its intention to terminate the agreement. Either SaskPower or the net metering customer may terminate the net metering agreement upon thirty days written notice to the other party. Upon termination of the net metering agreement, the customer is responsible for disconnecting their generating system from the electrical grid.

  • Interconnection requirements

    Multiple generation systems can be connected to a single meter. The opportunity to connect multiple systems primarily rests upon whether the inverter can handle multiple systems, but there are other considerations as well.

    A single generation system cannot be connected to multiple meters.

    Customers may interconnect a generating system to our electricity distribution system, subject to the following conditions:

    • All eligibility criteria have been satisfied;
    • The generating system must meet our Interconnection Agreements and Requirements for safety, protection and power quality;
    • The design and equipment must meet Canadian Safety Association (CSA) standards, and will be subject to inspection by the SaskPower Electrical Inspection Branch, including all necessary inspection permits and charges;
    • Any building permits or other municipal development permits are the responsibility of the power producer;
    • All environmental concerns need to be addressed and remedied through contacting the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment;
    • Bi-directional metering will be required to separately measure electricity provided to the grid from the system and the electricity provided by SaskPower to the customer;
    • The operator of the generation system must pay for all incremental interconnection costs including metering and any necessary upgrades to the SaskPower electric system;
    • It will be necessary to supply the electricity at one of our standard supply voltages;
    • For projects interconnecting at distribution voltages (under 34.5 kV), network upgrade costs will be split 50/50 between the power producer and SaskPower. Our contribution will be capped at $35 per kW of installed capacity; and
    • The inverter must be CSA approved in order to pass the interconnection study and electrical inspection.
  • Project types

    • You can have as many generation types and sources (quantity of panels, turbines, etc.) as you desire, provided your inverter can support them and that your total nominal (nameplate) capacity is less than or equal to 100 kilowatts (kW).
    • Projects can take advantage of used or refurbished equipment provided eligibility and interconnection requirements are met.
    • SaskPower will not design or install renewable energy systems. Contact a renewable generation equipment supplier/vendor in your area to assist you in designing and installing a system.
  • Self-generation and power outages

    Supplying your own power during a power outage while you are connected to the grid is a concept known as islanding. The Canada Standard Association (CSA) and Underwriter Laboratories Inc (cUL) current CSA Standard 22.2 – 107.1/UL 1741 states that during a power outage all systems that are tied to the electrical power grid must be shut down due to safety. For this reason, we require that generation facilities connected onto the SaskPower distribution system not be permitted to operate during a power outage and that all generation facilities shall be equipped with protection systems, which detect a power island condition and cause the generator to cease to deliver power to the SaskPower distribution system.

    We recently approved a product from Generlink, which allows customers to produce their own power during power outages. For more information on this product, please visit Generlink .

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