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The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) is inviting customers that are producing solar energy to participate in the Net Metering programme.

The Net Metering programme is a scheme in which any existing customer producing solar energy on their premises can feed excess power back into the ZETDC Network through a grid-tied inverter and a smart meter, which measures both power consumed by the customer and power supplied to the grid.

Any customer willing to participate in Net Metering is required to complete ENM1 application forms that are obtainable from all ZETDC Depots, District Offices countrywide and the ZETDC Website and pay the application fee.

After approval of the application, the customer completes a connection form and makes a payment for connection fees covering, amongst other things the cost of the smart meter.

ZETDC shall conduct the commissioning test for the installation in the presence of the customer and thereafter the customer becomes a certified participant.

Only electrical power units and not money shall be credited to the customer account and this will benefit the customer by keeping their bills low as it reduces the total units billed at the end of the month.

Net Metering is beneficial to the utility and the nation at large through the saving of foreign currency as there will be fewer power imports.

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