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Generating your own electricity

You can generate or store electricity for your home or business using alternative energy technologies such as:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Biomass
  • Small scale hydro
  • Battery storage

This is called non-utility generation or distributed energy resources.

You can use the electricity that your system produces and reduce the amount of electricity you buy from us, but in most situations, you will need to remain connected to our grid. This is because your system may not be able to produce electricity 24 hours a day, such as when the sun is down or the wind isn’t blowing.

Excess energy price

If you are generating more energy than you are using, and your generator is less than 100 kW in size, your excess energy can be sold back to us at the excess energy price using net billing.

The excess energy price is $0.06546/kWh until March 31, 2024. This price is updated yearly and reflects the current market value. It is not equal to our electricity rates because our rates must recover service costs, such as:

  • transmission;
  • distribution;
  • customer service;
  • safety;
  • emergency restoration.
A diagram showing all the parts that make up a reliable energy grid.

The excess energy price will change from year to year and can vary significantly depending on the market value of excess energy.

The table below contains historical excess energy prices over the last 6 years.

Historical prices
Effective date Excess energy price ($/kWh)
2023 April 1 $0.06546
2022 April 1 $0.05079
2021 April 1 $0.02403
2020 April 1 $0.02949
2019 April 1 $0.03949
2018 April 1 $0.03253
Note: the current $0.06546/kWh excess energy price is much higher than the historical market values for excess energy. There is potential that future excess energy prices will be significantly lower than the price posted today.

Large generators

If your generator is 100 kW or greater in size your purchase price will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about selling excess electricity for generators 100 kW or greater.

Payback estimates

The payback period of a non-utility generating system can depend on:

  • the total install cost including any financing costs;
  • ongoing operating and maintenance expenses;
  • your site’s annual energy needs relative to the size and type of system you are installing;
  • the quantity of energy used to offset load versus excess sold to us;
  • system performance;
  • future electricity rates in Manitoba and the excess energy price.

A properly sized system that uses most of the energy generated, rather than selling excess to us, will typically provide a better payback.

Before you invest in a generating system, consider reducing your electricity use by adding insulation, buying energy-efficient appliances, or upgrading your lighting. It is more cost effective to reduce your electricity costs by improving your energy efficiency than by generating your own electricity.

Calculate your payback period

  1. Step 1: Determine your costs
    Once you have a quote from your contractor, subtract the value of any federal/provincial grants and rebates from the total cost of your system and add any financing costs. We recommend getting at least 2 or 3 quotes and to be wary of estimates that promise quick paybacks.

  2. Step 2: Determine your annual cost savings
    Calculate your annual financial benefits, including your avoided electricity usage at your current electricity rate, and add any additional benefits, including any excess energy sold to us.

    Annual cost savings formula:
    (energy produced x percent of energy used x current electricity rate) + (energy produced x percent of energy sold to us x excess energy purchase price)

  3. Step 3: Calculate the payback period
    Divide the total cost of your system from Step 1 by your annual financial benefits from Step 2 to calculate the number of years it will take for you to achieve your payback.

Contact us

For more information about non-utility generation, email us.