Net metering is a process in which PV system owners can sell surplus electricity to the grid and get compensation in return. In Pakistan, NEPRA has set the rules and regulations to facilitate net metering and allow people to live an energy-independent life.
Since very few people know about how to apply for net metering in Pakistan, here is a complete guide for Pakistani nationals to explain the whole net metering registration process.
How to Apply for Net Metering in Pakistan?
Pakistan has ample daylight hours to utilize sunlight through solar power. Shifting to solar energy is a smart choice for home and business owners.
If you are planning to shift to solar power, you must know the correct procedure to apply.
Note that NEPRA does not allow solar power consumers to apply for net metering directly. Under the NEPRA 2015 regulation, solar power consumers should connect with an AEDB-registered solar company to register for net metering in Pakistan.
Here is how you can apply for net metering in Pakistan.
Step 1: Install Solar Power System At Your Property
To take advantage of the net metering facility in Pakistan, consumers need to first install a solar power system on their property. You can contact a professional solar integration company to install a solar power system at your residential or commercial property.
If you don’t have a PV system installed, you can’t generate and export electricity to the national grid. Note that net metering is only allowed for on-grid and hybrid solar systems, as off-grid PV modules are not connected to the grid. While installing a solar power system, make sure to have a three-phase meter connection to get registered for net metering.
Step 2: Connect With AEDB Solar Company
As mentioned above, solar net metering can only be availed through a registered AEDB solar company. You must contact an AEDB solar company in your area and let the authorized personnel help you prepare your net metering application. The solar integration company you choose will be responsible for your net metering application process.
Step 3: Prepare a Net Metering Application
The solar integration company you choose will help you prepare your net metering application. This includes complete guidance at each step of application processing and submission of your application to the relevant department. You have to provide your AEDB-authorized partner with important documents; they will tell you which essential documents are required. Note that a copy of the National ID Card and electricity bill is mandatory to submit.
Step 4: Ensure Inspection and NOC Issuance
Once the application is sent to the relevant authority, it needs approval. And once it is approved, the Punjab Energy Department will conduct an inspection of your application and issue an NOC in accordance with SRO 892 (1) / 2015.
Step 5: Sign The Agreement
After getting the NOC from the Punjab Energy Department, the solar power system owner and the local electricity provider (LESCO, GEPCO, etc.) would sign an agreement that has a three-year validity. During these three years, the solar system owner can sell solar-generated electricity to the national grid through net metering.
Step 6: Get a Solar Power Generation License
After the agreement is signed, the application is submitted to NEPRA for further verification. This is a crucial step as NEPRA will investigate whether your license complies with its policy and regulations. After proper verification, NEPRA grants the power generation license, which declares the solar power unit owner an independent electricity producer. The permit is also valid for three years, just like the agreement.
Step 7: Activation of Net Metering
Once NEPRA gives solar energy producers the legal recognition and authority to contribute to the national power grid, the only step left is the activation of net metering. The relevant department will help you install a net meter, and you can embark on your journey with solar power.
What are the Eligibility Criteria for Net Metering in Pakistan?
Compliance with the NEPRA’s regulation is mandatory for net metering registration.
Here are the eligibility criteria for net metering in Pakistan.
Allowed Connection – 3 Phase
Eligible Customers – Domestic, Commercial, Industrial
Solar PV Range – 1 KW to 10 MW
Voltage Supply Level – 400 V to 100 Kv
Getting registered for net metering in Pakistan is easier than it seems. You only need an authentic solar integration company and an AEDB-registered partner to smooth your transition to green energy. With ever-increasing electricity prices, going solar would be a very smart option for the people of Pakistan.