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Solar power users can sell back their excess electricity

January 04, 2014

Solar power users in residential, commercial or industrial sectors can now sell surplus electricity generated by their solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as the net-metering program takes full effect in the country.

This development comes as the rising electricity cost hit consumers this month with the tiered-increase implemented within the first quarter of next year.

Solar power provider Propmech Corp. announced that selling surplus electricity produced by solar power users back to the grid is now possible with the implementation of the net-metering program provided for in the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

"Those interested in tapping renewable energy such as solar power will find net metering to be just the right incentive to go green," said the company in an advisory.

Net metering is an electric policy for consumers who own renewable energy facilities, which allows them to use electricity whenever needed while contributing their production to the grid.

According to the Net-Metering Reference Guide, customers of Distribution Utilities (DU) who own renewable energy (RE) facilities can export their system's excess energy back to the DU's distribution system.

The guide is a joint initiative of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology

The guide states that the DU "gives a peso credit for the excess electricity received equivalent to the DU's blended generation cost, excluding other generation adjustments, and deducts the credits earned to the customer's electric bill."

Propmech Corp. offers solar power packages and services through its subsidiary Green Heat Corp.

Both firms are integrated systems providers specializing in solar panels.

"Our complete line of solar PV systems and technical knowledge and experience can help clients choose what is best for them," said Green Heat technical consultant Edward Antonio. Antonio also said that Green Heat offers financial packages to make solar PV packages more affordable.

The company provides free consultation and recommendation to clients on what solar PV systems can give them the best return in investment and energy production.

Green Heat also customizes the kind of system that will yield the best power output and make it compliant to Meralco's net-metering program.

There are no typical solar installations because solar projects are usually site specific.

Green Heat is involved in numerous milestone renewable energy projects in the country, including the  ADB solar rooftop, rural electrification of DOE, solar PV center of Meralco and solar PV component of Asia Brewery's LEED certification.