CoW urges residents to register PV solar installations

28 Feb 2017 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) is urging residents with unregistered photovoltaic (PV) solar installations to register the installation through their respective system installer before the end of May this year.
CoW Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya made the call at a media briefing on Tuesday, following the gazetting of the net metering rules in November 2016.
The rules will be implemented as from 01 July 2017.
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the national grid.
Amutenya said customers are urged to register at the Electricity Department with the office of the chief technical inspector between 08h00 and 10h00 before 30 May 2017.
“The CoW has a database of all customers that have registered their grid connected PV solar installations and have the correct bi-directional electricity meter installed that enables us to implement the rules as gazetted,” Amutenya said.
So far, 151 customers connected to the grid have been registered with the local authority.
Amutenya said the aim of the registration is to ensure that the City has the right meters in place to enable them to do proper inspections.
As from 01 July 2017, the CoW will start banking electrical energy imported from grid-connected generators at a rate of N.dollars 1.13 kilowatts per hour (kWh). The energy will be used within the Town Council financial year that starts from 01 July to 30 June.
Amutenya said any other PV solar installations within the Windhoek electricity network that are not yet registered with the City, may not be fully compliant to the requirements of net metering rules, as they are not inspected and will not be considered during the implementation.
“All respective customers wishing to install grid connected PV solar installations are encouraged to have the installations registered with the City,” she said.
Registration is free of charge.