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Solar and other generators

Traditionally our network has supplied power to your home or business, but you can now install a system such as solar (photovoltaic or PV), batteries or rotating generation units to supplement the power you draw from the grid. These generation systems are known as Embedded Generators.

Due to the technical nature of the information we need, we recommend you have an electrician or electrical consultant complete the form on your behalf. 


Getting connected

Before you install or upgrade any equipment we’ll need to assess how you plan to use it and the impact your new connection will have on our network. This way, we know it will continue to operate safely and reliably. Depending on your existing meter you may also be required to install a digital meter to track your energy use and habits.

Find the size of your generator and view the connection process below.

What is the process?

  • Complete the application form.
  • Simpler applications can be reviewed using the initial details provided, while others may need further investigation or additional information.
  • Once we have all the information required we can approve your application.

 

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What information will I need to provide?

  • Your customer’s name, address, contact details and ABN (if your acting on someone’s behalf)
  • Your own contact and business details including ABN
  • The NMI and meter number, if electricity is already connected
  • A valid installer CEC accreditation or REC licence number
  • System details (i.e. generation type and capacity)
  • The make and model of all inverters
  • Battery information (if being installed)
 

We will contact you as your application progresses and let you know if we need further information.

You can help to speed up the process by providing all required information as quickly as possible.


Technical standards and sample documentation


 

What is the process?

  • Complete the application form. We will contact you within five business days if we require more information.
  • We’ll provide a Connection Enquiry Response including an application fee invoice.
  • We’ll provide a Connection Application.
  • We’ll provide a Connection Offer.
  • Return your signed Connection Offer for design and planning of construction works to commence. You can also start your own works for installation.
  • Your system will be connected.

 

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What information will I need to provide?

  • Site details
  • Customer contact details
  • Inverter details (including the make, model and size)
  • Battery details
  • Installer details
  • Connection information
  • Protection information (including anti-islanding details and protection settings)
  • Construction and connection dates
  • Inverter protection details (including over-voltage, under-voltage and over-frequency information)
  • Back-up anti-islanding protection details

Timings and fees

Indicative timelines and fees associated with this process can be found within the NICC 270 Guide for Connection Large Embedded Generation 2243KB PDF.


Technical standards and sample documentation

 

Inverters and generators greater or equal to 5MW are required to follow the process detailed within Chapter 5 of the National Electricity Rules, including compliance with AEMO and other authority’s requirements.

What is the process?

  • Complete Sections 1 & 2 the application form. We will contact you if we require more information.                 
  • We’ll provide a Connection Enquiry Response with the option for you to request further information through a High-Level Feasibility Response (fees may apply), or progress directly to an Application to Connect.
  • Complete Section 3 of the application form, provide additional information and pay the quoted fee.
  • We’ll provide an Engineering Report and Connection Offer
  • Return your signed Connection Offer and pay the applicable costs for the design and planning phase of construction works to begin.
  • Seek third-party approvals (ESCOSA, OTR, AEMO etc). We will be unable to connect your generation system without confirmation these approvals have been acquired.
  • We’ll request any additional information that we require to complete your connection.
  • We’ll attend your site to witness you commission your generation system, including final connection to our distribution network.
  • You must provide post commissioning documentation in line with our process.

 

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What information will I need to provide?

  • Customer contact details
  • Site information (including address, proposed location of new system, details of any existing connection)
  • Connection information (including general system information, generation and export capacity, construction and completion dates);
  • Generating systems details (including single line diagram, site layout diagram and transformer information); and
  • Energy storage information (rate of charge and discharge and size of energy storage unit).

Timings and fees

Indicative timelines and fees associated with this process can be found within the NICC 270 Guide for Connection Large Embedded Generation 2243KB PDF.


Technical standards and sample documentation

 

Recently completed projects

View a list of recently completed projects by downloading our Register of Completed Projects Under 5MW 461KB PDF and Register of Completed Projects 5MW and above 327KB PDF.


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