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.

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 https://www.ke.com.pk/net-metering-vendors/

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.
KE will process applications received through AEDB (Alternative Energy Development Board) pre-qualified vendor only.Consumers are requested to ensure that the systems are installed by the enlisted vendors only.
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.
If there is a negative balance for three consecutive months, the consumer can opt for reimbursement. The consumer can initiate the process through the vendor with an application, or directly via email at bill@ke.com.pk, requesting refund process. The process takes approximately 20 working days, after which the consumer or the vendor will be informed to collect the cheque. The cheque will be issued with the consumer name as beneficiary.
The application must be signed by the same person on whose name the KE Billing is processed. In case the billing name is not correct, process needs to be initiated with the IBC for processing this case.
The application will be submitted with the Company name, signed by an authorized person at the company. Following additional documents will be required:

  1. In case the name of the person is in the Form 29 of the companies the person can directly sign the application for the company. The Form 29 needs to be attached with the application.
  2. In case the name of the person is not in the Form 29: Authorization letter on company letterhead from the CEO, or any other authority in the company, will be required along with a proof of the signing the authority (Form 29)
The process is same, however, since the tariff is expected to change in future, a declaration of consent needs to be additionally provided; stating that the consumer has no objection in case the tariff is changed, and Net Metering is processed under the new tariff structure.
Yes, for consumers who do not have ToU (Time of Use or Time of Day) based billing, the current Net Metering mechanism is only an interim solution. Once ToU will be implemented, Net Metering will be processed under the new regime.
Currently, only ISKARA MT 382 & 882 meters are used for Net Metering. Other meters are not used for Net Metering purposes.
No, if an AMR Smart Meters is installed, meter change is not required, and neither will the consumer be charged for it. Once the Generation License is received, Net Metering will be initiated.
Consumer is billed for the gross unit sales by KE to consumer (which is your consumption from KE), all taxes etc. are applied on this unit. The consumer sales to KE (which is your export) is credited in the consumer’s bill at the prevailing tariff rate. However, following additional aspects need to be considered:

  1. Taxation:
    1. For sales by KE to consumer: Taxes are applied on the gross units.
    2. For sales by consumer to KE:
      1. Residential: No Taxes
      2. Commercial & Industrial: GST will be charged as per applicable category. Income tax will be deducted.
  2. Sales by Consumer to KE:
    1. If unit sales by consumer is lower than sale by KE to consumer:
      1. Same rate/logic as of consumption from KE will be applied on the exported amount
    2. If unit sales by consumer is higher than sale by KE to consumer:
      1. On sales in excess of consumption units i.e. Units exported by consumer above the units consumed: Pre-determined National Average Purchase notified by NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) price will be applied
The AMR (bi-directional Smart meter) installed on your premises is capable of recording imports and exports separately. The digital screen on the meter displays the information and the codes on the bottom left of the screen describe what the numbers refer to:

To simplify these two codes are required by the consumer
1.8.0 -> Total Energy Consumed &
2.8.0 -> Total Energy Exported by the consumer
These two codes are automatically displayed on the screen. Scroll button should not on the meter. The consumer will have to wait for these two codes to be displayed on the meter screen.

The units exported by the consumer is currently displayed in the message box. While the benefit of these exported units is displayed in the bill calculation area as “Net Metering Benefit”

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 net.metering@ke.com.pk

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