It is currently possible to connect your renewable energy system to the grid in Newfoundland and Labrador, only there is one catch, and that is that you cannot feed any of the energy back into the grid. This means a battery storage system is required and the only use for the power that you generate is to be put towards existing energy demand in your home to reduce the amount of power you draw from the grid. Excellent, the only problem is, a battery based system that could run the majority of your home could easily cost more than $50,000.
Solar is the functional, reliable way to generate localized energy on or around your home in urban or rural environments and has already been welcomed to municipalities such as Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl. As soon as net metering is allowed again in this province, we will have many different options for grid connected solar available and will be happy to quote you on a system to cover your power requirement needs. Please sign the petition we have for net metering (button below) and help grid-connected solar energy become a reality in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Wind is in the exact same category as solar power in Newfoundland except that there are restrictions on the placement of a wind turbine. The only municipality in the province that has a wind citing policy is Portugal Cove-St. Philips. This wind energy bylaw can be found here on page 40.
In urban environments we believe that rooftop wind turbines will be a realistic opportunity and as soon as net metering is available in the province, we will be testing and offering different varieties of such turbines. In rural environments, following the guidelines set forth in the Portugal Cove-St. Philips regulations should provide for effective wind energy production in a grid-connected environment. Please sign the petition we have for net metering (button below) and help grid-connected wind energy become a reality in Newfoundland and Labrador.