Net Metering System in Pakistan. The Net Metering System was introduced in Pakistan in 2017 at the 6th International Renewable Energy Exhibition & Conference titled “Solar Pakistan 2017”.
The Net Metering System is available in Lahore, Karachi Islamabad, and also available in other cities. The net metering system is beneficial for domestic consumers and the shortfall of electricity will be controlled through this system across the country.
What is Net Metering System?
The net metering system allows consumers to generate their own electricity by using wind and solar systems. Net Metering in Pakistan lets domestic consumers sell the extra electricity to power distribution companies at lucrative rates. So the consumers can also be the power distribution companies’ clients. A ‘net meter’ tracks both the electricity consumed onsite and the electricity generated by the solar energy system.
Consumers can lower their electricity bills by installing solar power panels on their rooftops and connecting them with the national grid. The government pays consumers a price for the electricity that their solar power panels feed into the grid through a net-metering system in Pakistan. Net metering in Pakistan could reduce electricity bills and also maganize to reducing power shortages.
Benefits of Net Metering System
There are a number of benefits of the net metering system. Consumers can save thousands of rupees per year and it is even more attractive and affordable for many families. According to reports, net metering in Pakistan helps reduce the monthly electricity bills by Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000.
Net Metering in Pakistan
The Net Metering System in Pakistan is available in Islamabad and Lahore. The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) awarded so far over 40 net-metering connections having 1.8 megawatts accumulative capacity to purchase surplus electricity. Here is the list of electric supply companies that are providing net metering in Pakistan and the net metering connections can be gained in less than one month.
- Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO)
- Hub Power Company (HUBCO)
- Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO)
- Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO)
- Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO)
- Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO)
- Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO)
- K-Electric (formerly KESC)
- Peshawar Electric Power Company (PESCO)
- Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO)
- Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO)
- Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO)
How to avail of Net Metering in Pakistan?
Consumers who are interested in net metering in Pakistan can visit the official websites of LESCO, IESCO, FESCO, MEPCO, KESC, QESCO, HESCO, GEPCO, PESCO and etc, to get connections.
Previously Ex-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today officially launched a power consumer-friendly net-metering framework in a ceremony in Islamabad. Under the system, power consumers could generate their own energy and sell the surplus to the national grid.
Recently, National Electricity Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is to revise the Distributed Generation and Net Metering Regulations, 2015 to decrease the expense for consumers that are generating the net metering by almost 30pc is expected to dent the present government’s plan of escalating the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix.
As per the sources the reduction in net metering tariff will be unfavorable for the development of renewable energy in the country.