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 COVID-19 Response for Saskatoon Residents

Starting Monday, June 15, 2020, the Payment Centre, Customer Service & Collections counters located in the lobby of City Hall will open with a limited number of services, view what is available here. The lobby has been modified with the health, safety and well-being of employees and citizens as top priority. The remainder of City Hall remains closed to the public. Our business operations continue to ensure core services for our residents as much as possible. Public transit currently remains operational.

Customer Self-Generation Programs

Customer-Based Generation Programs

Notice:  Net Metering Program

Saskatoon Light & Power’s Net Metering Program will continue as usual following SaskPower’s decision to launch a new program. The Ministry of Environment, however, will no longer provide the one time rebate to cover part of the cost for equipment and installation of renewable energy systems effective November 1, 2019 (more information available through the Ministry of Environment). At present time there is no cap on the Saskatoon Light & Power Net Metering Program.

Saskatoon Light & Power typically mirrors the programs and rates offered by SaskPower, so over the coming months will evaluate our program and bring forward any changes to City Council for approval.

Are you interested in generating your own electricity? 

Saskatoon Light & Power (SL&P) customers wishing to generate their own electricity may apply to participate in one of two programs: The Net Metering Program or the Small Power Producers Program (formerly called the Customer-Based Generation Program).

Customers can connect up to 100 kW in capacity that utilizes a renewable or clean-energy resource. A bi-directional Utility meter is used to record the electricity flowing to the electrical grid. Full details on the program and terms and conditions may be found in Administrative Policy No. A07-022, Power Producer Policy.

Net Metering Program

The Net Metering Program allows customers to generate electricity for their own use, and send excess electricity to the grid for future credit on their power bill.

When you generate electricity from your net-metered system, that electricity is first used in your home or business to meet your current electricity needs. If more electricity is generated than is needed, the excess is sent to our grid. If you require more electricity than what you are producing, we supply it to you.

In a given period, if the amount of electricity you generate is greater than your overall use, the difference is awarded to you as a credit on your monthly bill. The credit can be used to offset future electricity costs

Small Power Producers Program

The Small Power Producers Program is ideal for customers that want to generate some of their own electricity, and earn money by sending excess electricity onto the grid. Electricity is purchased at $0.114846 (2020 rates) per kilowatt hour ($/kWh).

The Small Power Producers Program is currently under review, and any changes will be brought forward to City Council for approval.

Program Cost

For a single-phase system, there will be a $100 cost for a witness verification test. This is billed to you at the end of the project. For three phase systems, the customer will pay the cost of the bi-directional meter (~$600), plus the $100 cost for a witness verification test.

An interconnection study may be required, which is at the discretion of SL&P. An interconnection study is typically required only for non-residential projects. The interconnection study cost is $300. 

Application Guidelines
  1. Apply      
    1. Complete one of the following Applications for Interconnection:
      1. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Self-Generation Application
        1. This application is intended to be used for:
          • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations under or equal to 15 kW total capacity;
          • Solar PV installations at a residential location; an
          • All Solar PV is installed on one structure.
        2. Applications to include:
          • Electrical Single Line Diagram.
      2. Request for Preliminary Interconnection Study & Self-Generation Application
        1. This application is intended to be used for:
          • any generation interconnections that are not by Solar Photovoltaic (PV) source; or
          • Solar PV applications that do not meet the requirements of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Self-Generation Application above.
        2. Applications to include:
          • Protective Device Information – Manufacturer’s Name and model, Settings, Protection Scheme;
          • Site Plan showing the generator, inverter, and transformer locations; and
          • Electrical Single Line Diagram. 
    2. The application can either be completed by the homeowner or the contractor, but must be signed by the Primary Account Holder. 
    3. The applications reference the following documents that should be read in conjunction:
      1. Administrative Policy No. A07-022, Power Producer Policy; and
      2. Saskatoon Light & Power (SL&P) Interconnection Guidelines.
    4. The completed application will be submitted to:  
      1. SL&P will either approve the application or request more information. A letter will be mailed to the customer informing them of the approval to proceed with their self-generation project.
  2. Install Your System
    1. For helpful hints on the Installation Process including required permits and inspections, see SaskPower’s site.
  3. Request an Installation Inspection
    1. SaskPower will inspect the installation and install a Non-Utility Generation (NUG) sticker to the meter after inspection. Once the NUG sticker is attached, contact Saskatoon Light & Power to perform a system witness test at: selfgenerationprogram@saskatoon.ca or (306) 975-2417call 
    2. The witness test involves a visual inspection of the generation system and testing the Voltage Loss Protection.
  4. Interconnection Operating Agreement
    1. After a successful Installation Inspection, an agreement will be mailed to Primary Account Holder, who must read, sign and return this to Saskatoon Light & Power.
    2. Once we receive the signed copy, a Saskatoon Light & Power representative will sign the agreement and a copy will be sent to you for your records.

Environmentally-Preferred Technologies

Saskatoon Light & Power’s customer-based generation programs are pre-approved for solar photovoltaic projects (solar panels), and we will consider all environmentally-preferred generation technologies such as wind, biomass, micro-cogeneration (combined-heat and power), geothermal, and fuel cells under 100kW in size.

If you are interested in an alternative technology, you will be asked to provide details about the technology that supports your request, and to demonstrate a greenhouse gas emissions savings over combined-system natural gas electricity sources (assumed to be 420 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent per Gigawatt-hour (CO2eq/GWh)).

Outside Service Area

For Saskatoon residents who live outside of the SL&P Service Area, SaskPower offers a Power Generation Partner Program and a Net Metering Program to its customers.

Questions

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Which program is better for me?

If you think you will generate less electricity that you will consume in a one-year period, the Net Metering Program is likely more beneficial, as you will be credited for the electricity at the same rate as you pay. If you want to sell all of the power you produce, or produce more power in a year than you will consume, then the Small Power Producers Program may be a better option, as all the excess electricity generated with your system is sold to SL&P.

How big of a solar system would I need to cover my needs?

A typical residential solar system will generate 1,225 kilowatt-hours per kilowatt (kWh/kW) a year. A typical house uses between 8,000 to 10,000 kWh per year, so a typical house would need between a 6.5 and 8 kW of solar panels to generate all the required electricity for their home. To estimate your requirements, divide your yearly kWh consumption by 1225.

Will generating my own electricity help me reduce my carbon footprint?

Yes. Saskatchewan residents use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas emissions per person than anywhere else in Canada. About 80% of Saskatchewan’s electricity comes from fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). The Saskatchewan electrical grid intensity is 646 tonnes CO2eq per GWh (based on 2018 numbers), which is one of the highest in the country. The carbon emissions intensity of a typical solar system is less than 100 tonnes CO2eq per GWh.