Net Metering

Net Metering for KE Customers

The facility of Net Metering is available for K-Electric Customers under Net Metering (NM) regulation by NEPRA; (Alternative and Renewable Energy) Distributed Generation and Net Metering Regulations, 2015.


Frequently Asked Questions

Net metering allows customers of KE to generate their own electricity in order to offset their electricity usage. Currently, KE Net Metering is available to consumers with rooftop solar PV generators.
The roof top solar PV system generates electricity during the day time. At times the generation from this system is more than what is required by the consumer. Without net metering, this excess generation goes to the grid unaccounted for and there is no benefit to the consumer. KE as the electric utility installs a bidirectional meter at the consumer’s premise which is capable of recording this excess generation and gives credit to the consumer in the monthly bill. Each unit exported to the grid by the consumer is netted off against the units imported by the consumer.
The complete process takes a maximum of 72 days. If the consumers’ Sanctioned load is less than the connected load, obtaining load regularisation from respective IBC is mandatory.
All residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural consumers having a 3 phase connection at 400V – 11 kV are eligible.
KE will install a new bi-directional meter at the consumer’s premise which is capable of recording both the energy used from KE and the energy exported to KE.
Consent from the owner of the premises, on whose account KE is billing them, is required to initiate the Net Metering application.

It is necessary to be a KE consumer to avail net metering facility, however a consumer can initiate a new connection request after which he will be eligible to apply for a net metering connection.

Only AEDB approved vendors will be allowed to install a net metering system. KE is not part of this pre-qualification process. KE will only allow vendors who are qualified by AEDB and have an office in Karachi. Vendors can refer the AEDB’s website for information regarding the pre-qualification process.

Only AEDB approved vendors are eligible to install net metering facilities. The list of these vendors is available on AEDB’s website and can also be accessed via

Under NEPRA’s Net Metering regulation, the eligible PV system sizes are in the range of 1 kW to 1000 kW. However, a consumer is not allowed Solar PV system sizes greater than their sanctioned load.
Consumer will have to submit application to the KE Net Metering Facilitation Center. KE will evaluate the application and shall approve the request of the consumer after which they may enhance the existing system. In case it is found that any consumer has enhanced the system without prior intimation, the consumer will be liable to discontinuation of the net metering service. Furthermore, the vendor involved will also be blacklisted.
Currently, in the first phase, the total capacity of PV is restricted to a maximum of 15% of the distribution transformer peak capacity. This is to ensure voltage regulation in the network, and will be enhanced as further network studies are completed. Net Metering connectivity exceeding 15% of the individual PMT / Feeder may be allowed based on a detailed load study.
Only one PV system and net metering connection is allowed on one consumer number. However, it should be ensured that the internal distribution system for each meter is separate prior to applying for net metering.
The solar PV system can be fully paid for and can also be purchased through a valid form of financing. No third party is allowed to sell electricity units to the consumer or avail benefits of reduced bills at the consumer site. If such a situation is found where there exists such a relationship, KE shall revoke the DG license of the consumer and officially launch legal action against the vendor involved.
The electric grid is the system of electric distribution lines that electric distribution companies use to deliver electricity to their customers. If a consumer generates excess electricity, it is exported to the electric grid.
It is important to note that systems installed after January 2018 need to be installed by AEDB pre-qualified vendors. The list is available on both KE’s and AEDB’s websites.
The vendor will be responsible for the designing of the system according to KE’s requirements while keeping in view specific consumer requirements.
The system needs to comply with the technical guidelines available on the internet. Make sure that the vendor is pre-qualified by AEDB, since it will be their responsibility to ensure compliance with all KE requirements.
Consumer will have to initiate the net-metering application process through AEDB’s pre-qualified vendor only. KE shall then conduct survey and check conformance of the existing system with KE’s equipment guidelines and network requirements.
Any consumer can discontinue this service by sending a 30-day written notice to KE Net Metering Facilitation Service.

In case it is found that the system is not in compliance with requirements, KE can discontinue the net metering service.

Any net metering consumer displaying any form of misconduct (theft, extension of PV size more than the sanctioned load etc.) will be liable to have the net metering connection terminated.

Furthermore, KE can discontinue the service on account of any routine maintenance on the network.

However, KE shall not terminate the agreement without the approval of NEPRA.

Currently there are no limits to the kWh exported back to the grid. The KE account on which net metering is being applied has to be active.
Only AEDB qualified vendors are eligible for the processing of net-metering applications. The list can be viewed .
Yes, provided you are a 3 phase consumer and have rooftop space available.
Currently there is no such list. Kindly get in touch with an AEDB pre-qualified vendors to install a net metering system. They will be responsible to ensure compliance with all requirements and your application processing.
Calculation of Tax/duties will be done on net amount only. However consumer will have to acknowledge liability to pay all applicable taxes/duties throughout the life of project (whether prospective or retrospective) based on any determination of FBR or relevant authorities against this treatment.
While applying for net metering, both the applicant name in the forms and the name on the KE bill should be same. The consumer should initiate the Change Of Name process at the concerned IBC, and submit the net metering application at the facilitation center after the billing name is updated.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries you can visit the KE Net Metering Facilitation Centre:

Address: Second Floor, Block – K,
Gate No. 6, Elander Complex,
Elander Road, Karachi.
Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (weekdays)

You can also reach out to us via email at

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