ZETDC introduces net metering programme

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Net metering graphic
Net metering graphic

Davison Kaiyo

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has introduced
a net metering programme, which will enable the consumers who generate excess solar power on their premises to feed the excess back into the ZETDC network via a grid tied inverter.

As with other net metering programmes, the state-owned body emphasized that only
electrical unit credits would be included in household bills not cash payments.

“The excess generation shall be measured and credit units given to the generating customer rather than forfeited.”

The credited units will assist in keeping the customer in the lower tariff band thus reducing
the total bill at the end of the month,” read the statement.

Partial sellers of electricity will need to set up distributed generation systems.

This move is win-win for the customer and transmission company as this will translate into a reduction in electricity bill for the customer without reduction in power supply.

The net metering programme is also expected to assist the country to save the much needed foreign currency as there will be less power imports as the move is also expected to boast power generation.

The net metering programme is open to both commercial and residential customers with a
grid tied solar system up to their rated power from ZETDC and upon completion of
regulatory processes.

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