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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.

In addition to development approval, you may be required to hold a licence under the Electricity Act 1996. The Essential Services Commission (ESCOSA) is responsible for issuing, varying or transferring licences to participants in the electricity supply industry where those participants engage in the generation, transmission, distribution, system control or retailing of electricity.

If you currently provide or intend to provide any of these services, you should contact ESCOSA to discuss possible licensing requirements under Part 3 of the Electricity Act 1996 (phone:1800 633 592 or email). Refer to ESCOSA for further information on how to apply for a licence.

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 such as solar panels or battery storage, we’ll need to assess the impact this equipment will have on our local network to ensure it does not negatively affect others.

Depending on the existing meter, you may need to pay for a digital meter to track your energy use.

Where customers apply for multiple systems the application process applies to the same parcel of land, or adjacent parcels where the applicant(s) have a common director, are owned, are operated, or share an interest in the same entity.

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?

  • 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 online application form. We’ll provide you with a copy of your application and contact you within five business days if we require more information
  • We’ll send an application fee invoice
  • We’ll provide a Connection Offer and ongoing Contract
  • Return your signed Connection Offer and Contract 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
  • Application invoice fee payee 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 8547KB PDF and Register of Completed Projects 5MW and above 533KB PDF.


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