The Sask Power Net metering program is getting an update.
Customers taking part in the program will be able to generate up to 100 kilowatts of power to decrease their monthly bills, and get credit for any extra power they generate.
Minister responsible Dustin Duncan said the current program was coming to an end shortly.
“We’ve been working very closely with Sask Power with what that program would look like in the future, and so I’m pleased to say that the program will be extended until 2021 or until that time that we see an additional 16 megawatts come onto the system through the program.”
Duncan said some improvements to the program are being made.
“In the existing program, clients that are in the program can only bank credits for up to a year, we’re now extending that to up to three years of banking credits,” Duncan said. “We’re also streamlining the application process for people that are interested in the program.”
Duncan said demand is growing for the program.
“Solar prices have continued to come down in terms of the capital costs, so we have about 1400 customers that are already into the program, they generate about 14 megawatts of power,” Duncan said. “If we do reach that cap on this program by that November, 2021 date, we’ll be more than doubling the program because we set that cap at 16 megawatts.”
Those participating will also have access to a 20% rebate on equipment and installation costs, with a maximum payment of $20,000.