The following steps are for different types of micro-embedded generation facilities, including net metering (10 kW or less).
We’ve recently lifted solar and storage system size restrictions for most residential and small business installations.
Step 1: Submit a preliminary request
Complete the Preliminary Consultation Information Request: Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Connections (PDF, 154 KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This step is optional, but we encourage you to complete the preliminary request. The request is free of charge and we provide you with connection details and allowable capacity.
Step 2: Request to connect to Toronto Hydro's grid
Complete the Micro-Embedded Generation Facility Application (PDF, 559 KB). Submit the application to us according to the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Application and Connection Guidelines (PDF, 123 KB).
Note: If you’re submitting an application for a net metering project that involves a third-party generator, you must follow the requirements outlined on our net metering page.
Step 3: Sign and return your Connection Agreement with payment
Once you complete your application and meet our requirements, we’ll issue you a Connection Agreement. You must sign and return it to us according to the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Application and Connections Guidelines.
Step 4: Start construction
You can start construction based on the Connection Agreement.
For net metering projects, we’ll prepare the Service Layout Report. You can start construction of your net metering project after you receive the instructions from the report.
Step 5: Complete Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) inspection
You must make a request to the ESA for an electrical inspection upon completing construction. After you receive the ESA Certificate, email it to email@example.com.
Once we’ve received your ESA Certificate, we’ll arrange for your project to be inspected by Toronto Hydro.
Step 6: Meter installation (if applicable)
If your project passes our final site inspection, we’ll schedule a date to install your new meter.
Step 7: Connection complete
Congratulations, you're now connected to the grid!