Installing a solar PV system

Installing a solar PV system

Household use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panel systems is growing significantly across Australia.

The increasing popularity of this technology and the support of a range of government incentives means that solar power is now a more affordable option for many households. However, there are a number of questions customers need to consider before deciding whether to invest in solar panels, including:

  • is my property suitable for solar power?
  • am I eligible for government rebates?
  • which solar system is best for me?
  • what type of electricity meter do I need to export power back to the grid?
  • how does the process work?

To help you answer these questions (and more), we have produced a Planning for PV brochure, which explains how solar power works, whether your home is suitable for solar power, available government rebates, and the steps to organising a solar system installation. It also lists a number of other resources so you can ensure you are a well-informed solar system customer.

It is important to note that by installing a solar system, you are entering a new world where you are generating electricity and potentially exporting any excess power into the grid. This means you have legal and other obligations that are different to those of a customer who merely imports electricity - which is why you need special approval from SA Power Networks, a new import/export electricity meter, and to enter into a special agreement with us.

The generating capacity of your proposed solar system will determine whether it is a Small Embedded Generator (SEG) or Large Embedded Generator (LEG) system - and this will determine your agreement with us.

To find out more about SEG and LEG systems, see our Embedded generation page.

If you have a PV enquiry and would like to speak with a member of our Customer Relations team please call 1300 665 913.

Related documents

Planning for solar PV brochure

Single-phase solar import/export meter brochure (with off-peak load)

Single-phase solar import/export meter brochure

Three-phase solar import/export meter brochure