Net metering is the system where households and commercial establish­ments are allowed to sell excess electricity they generate from their solar systems to the grid. It has been implemented in Australia, Canada, United

States and some European countries including Denmark, Italy and Spain. In the US, for example, most net metering programs are limited to renew­able energy facilities up to 10 kW. In California it could reach up to 1 MW. In Canada, it goes up to 100 kW in Prince Edward Island and 500 kW in Ontario. Most programs only require purchases up to the customer’s total annual consumption, and no payment is offered for any electricity gener­ated above this amount. They receive the retail tariff for their output.

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