Distributed Generation (Net Metering)
Through our Distributed Generation Program, the District of Summerland allows residential customers with small (30kW or less), inverter–based, distributed generation systems that utilize a low carbon or renewable energy source such as solar or wind, to be connected to the Summerland Distribution System (Summerland’s electric grid).
The Distributed Generation Program allows Summerland electrical utility residential customers to “net‑meter.” This means residential customers who participate in the program are able to completely offset their own electricity needs each calendar year, after which the District of Summerland will purchase any excess energy that is put back onto the grid at the wholesale rate.
Customers who are considering adding solar to their property may find the following informational documents helpful:
For an overview of the program process, please see our Distributed Generation Program Process Overview
A compiled package for customers interested in applying to the program can be downloaded by clicking here. Links to individual forms are also provided below:
Note: Fillable versions of the forms can be downloaded as PDFs using the links above
Completed forms can be dropped off in person at the Development Services counter at Municipal Hall or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
While the District of Summerland does not require residents to acquire a building permit to install a distributed generation system, you must ensure that your system complies with the District’s Zoning Bylaw, which can be found by clicking here.
Customers participating in the Distributed Generation Program may be eligible for credits for the energy they produce, as per the District’s Fees and Charges Bylaw, which can be found by clicking here.
For more information on The District of Summerland’s Distributed Generation Program, contact:
Works and Utilities, Electrical Utility Division
Phone: 250 494-0431 Fax: 250 494-3399