The Solar Industry in Ontario will shift to net metering on Jan 1, 2018
Since IESO announced the phase out of the FIT and microFIT program, they have been working on updating the rules around net metering.
CANSIA (Canadian Solar Industries Association) has been providing input on behalf of their members.
Some decisions have already been made and will take effect on July 1, 2017.
Most relevant for homeowners is the change from 11 months to 12 months for the reset period.
Homeowners will have 12 months during which to offset their consumption with solar electricity before losing credit for excess production.
This is a good thing but some incentive will be needed to encourage participation if energy bills are reduced by 25% as the Provincial Government has announced.
Since the hiatus last year and the rate reduction Jan 1 to the microFIT rate, uptake has slowed to a trickle. New overly bureaucratic documentation has contributed to discourage installers and the public alike.
Nevertheless we think its very worth the effort to apply for a microFIT contract while they are available. There is no obligation on the part of the homeowner to continue selling solar electricity for 20 years. They can quit at any time and change the connection to net metering.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out during the coming months!