Solar Panel

Solar power provider pushes for net metering program

by Lenie Lectura

December 22, 2013

SOLAR power users can now sell surplus electricity generated by their solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as the net-metering program takes full effect in the country, solar power provider Propmech Corp. said.

Net metering allows consumers who own renewable energy (RE) facilities to use electricity whenever needed while contributing excess production to the grid.

According to the Net-Metering Reference Guide issued by the Department of Energy DOE and the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB), customers of distribution utilities (DU) who own RE facilities can offer their system's excess energy to the DU's distribution system.

"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.

Under the net-metering rules, qualified residential and commercial consumers are allowed to install an on-site RE facility—such as solar panel roof-top installations—not exceeding 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity to generate electricity for their own use. Any electricity generated that is not consumed by the customer will automatically be exported to the DU system. In turn the DU gives a peso credit for the excess electricity received, equivalent to its blended generation cost, excluding other generation adjustments and deducts the credits earned to the customer's electric bill. The rate of savings—otherwise known as avoided cost—realized on electricity generated for own use is equivalent to the DU's retail rate consisting of charges for generation, transmission, system loss, distribution, subsidies, taxes and other charges. This, added to the peso credits earned on any excess electricity, translates to a lower monthly bill.

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