Break free from NSP

NSP's Self-Generating Option Allows you to "net zero" your home or business with PV solar

Use the grid as your bank to balance out your PV production throughout the year

"Net Metering" means no batteries required!

Store your energy in the grid - draw it when you need it and get a credit for it if you produce a surplus each billing cycle.

Going “Net Zero” means producing as much or more power with your solar system than what is used in the home throughout the year.

Nova scotia is going solar faster than ever!

what can a net metered solar system do for you?

What can I produce?

Solar systems in Nova Scotia can produce between 800 and 1,300 kWh per kW DC annually. System performance depends on the direction, slope and shading impact of the solar panels. A 10 kW solar system on a good roof can produce around 12,000 kWh each year which is worth just under $2,000 at 2023 electricity rates ($0.162/kWh).

How much can I save?

It all depends on the size of your system. With a large enough system you can completely eliminate your power bill as we have done for many of our customers. All you will be left with is the grid connection charge of $10.83.

What happens if I produce a surplus?

Excess energy will be stored in the grid and purchased by NSP to be used by your community. If you produce more than you use in a billing cycle NSP will use those kWh to credit your consumption in other billing cycles of the same calendar year. Annual excess energy is not purchased or credited by NSP on agreements dated after April 22nd 2022.

What is the ROI

You can expect for your solar system to have paid for itself well within its warrantied lifespan. We estimate approximately 8 to 12 years.

What if the Rate Goes Up?

Great! Unlike anyone without a solar system you may even be happy to see the power rates increase! It means you will see a shorter return on your investment because your cost avoidance has increased.

What about my home value?

Ready to sell your home? Installing a solar system makes it more salable, easier to mortgage, and increases the value of the home by approximately $0.50 on the dollar.

Self Generation FAQ

All Self-Generating customers continue to pay their monthly base charge as usual, and business customers continue to pay demand charges. If you use more electricity than you generate, you still draw from the grid as needed and receive a bill for the difference at your regular rate.

If you generate more electricity than you can use, surplus kilowatt-hours (kWh) will be “banked” and applied to your next bill to offset any electricity drawn from the grid until the end of the year. 

If you end the year with excess generation remaining, NS Power would apply this to any billed consumption within the same calendar year up to a maximum of your total billed energy within the same calendar year.

All Self-Generating Customers will have an Anniversary Date of January 1 of any given year.

This is the date that any excess “banked” surplus kilowatt-hours (kWh) will be applied towards previously billed energy (kWh) within the same calendar year.

During billing periods when your generation is less than your consumption (typically during the colder winter months when your energy consumption may be higher and generation may be lower), you would receive a bill for the energy consumed above your generation.

However, when your generation is greater than your consumption (typically during the warmer months when your energy consumption may be lower and generation may be higher), you would bank any excess generation for later use throughout the year.

If you end the year with excess generation remaining, NS Power would apply this excess generation to any billed consumption within the same calendar year up to a maximum of your total billed energy within the same calendar year.

Example 1:

If you were billed for 2,500 kilowatt-hours throughout the year when your generation was less than your consumption and you had 2,000 kilowatt-hours of banked excess generation remaining at year-end, NS Power would provide a credit for 2,000 kilowatt-hours to offset your billed consumption.

Example 2:

If you were billed for 2,500 kilowatt-hours throughout the year when your generation was less than your consumption and you had 3,000 kilowatt-hours of banked excess generation remaining at year-end, NS Power would provide a credit for 2,500 kilowatt-hours* to offset your billed consumption.

If you participate in the Self-Generation Option and are on the time-of-day rate, we will measure any electricity consumed from or delivered to the grid within the same time-of-day periods used for billing purposes. You will be billed and credited for consumption and excess generation by each time-of-day period without the transfer of surplus energy from one time-of-day period to another (from one rate to another).

If you end the year with excess generation remaining, NS Power would apply this excess generation to any billed consumption (kWh from all time-of-day periods) within the same calendar year up to a maximum of your total billed energy within the same calendar year.

No. Your generator must share the same meter as your home or business and energy credits can only be applied to the same account in which the generator is connected to.

The Self-Generating Option works by using a single meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in two directions, known as a bi-directional meter. This meter is approved by Measurement Canada and meets NS Power’s safety standards. If your existing meter is not capable of measuring the flow of electricity in two directions, one will be installed for you at no cost.

 

No. Your generator must share the same meter as your home or business.

You can easily access the total the number of kWh used over the course of the year, or alternatively sum up the totals for past electric use for the most recent year on right-hand side of your bill.

Make Your Home Always On

With storage, your home can still have power during a grid outage.

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