Two common topics in the young Philippine solar industry are the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) and the Net-Metering regulations. Both serve as a form of compensation for producing energy and are major incentives to purchasing a solar installation for your home/building. Both, however, are very different from the other. Below are the different categories that we should view this topic from.
1) 100 Kilowatt peak
100 Kilowatt peak is the legal cut-off between what is allowed as Net-Metering and what is then allowed as FIT. So installing anything under 100 Kwp places you under the Net-Metering regulations, which is still a pending topic with the DOE and your local distribution utility. Under this regulation, anybody who produces power through a solar installation, and still wants it connected to the grid, must consume the energy produced by their installation first,then use the power from the grid when needed. Generally, installations of this size are meant to be used 100% by the customer before any excess can be exported.
If an installation is over 100 Kwp, the customer will be eligible for the FIT, but will only export to the grid and not consume what he or she produced. This becomes an incentive when the FIT is higher than what the customer pays.