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Only 3 weeks to go: Get ready for SA's new Dynamic Export Requirements and Flexible Exports rollout

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The Government of South Australia is introducing Dynamic Export Requirements, requiring most new and upgrade exporting solar generation systems to be capable of remotely updating their export limits from 1 July 2023.

To coincide with these requirements, on 1 July 2023, SA Power Networks will commence the progressive rollout of Flexible Exports as a standard connection option. The Flexible Exports option allows sites in eligible areas to export up to 10kW per phase (subject to the customer’s network location, installed inverter capacity and the reliability of the customer’s internet connection). All dynamic export capable inverters that meet the SA Government Regulations will be compatible with the Flexible Exports offer. 

The rollout will commence on 1 July beginning with 37 suburbs currently in the Flexible Exports trial area, and will be expanded to more suburbs in the Cities of Mitcham and Onkaparinga in the following months. Our intention is to have Flexible Exports rolled out state-wide by mid-2024.  

What do I need to do from 1 July 2023? 

Check the solar export options available in your customers’ location: 

  • Use the Eligibility Checker to see if Flexible Exports is available in the customers’ area. 
  • Customers within eligible suburbs can select from either:  
    • Flexible Exports (1.5-10kW per phase) or; 
    • Fixed Exports (1.5kW per phase) 
  • Customers outside eligible areas: 
    • Get access to Fixed Exports (5kW per phase) 
    • May opt-in to Flexible Exports once it becomes available in their area 
  • Past performance of Flexible Exports at a customer’s location will be available in the Eligibility Checker. We recommend using this as part of your sales conversation to help your customer understand what Flexible Exports means for them. 
  • Ensure you discuss the option to later enrol in Flexible Exports with customers not currently in eligible suburbs. If they wish to opt in, you should ensure their system is setup to enable ease of transition. 

Comply with the Dynamic Export Requirements

  • Every exporting system you submit a connection application for from 1 July 2023 must be dynamic exports capable. To be considered dynamic exports capable, a site: 
    • Must only include certified dynamic exports capable inverters from the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) inverter list or those listed on SA Power Networks’ Deemed to comply list (as part of the transitional arrangement until 1 April 2024).  (No longer available)
    • May require a gateway device or additional hardware to achieve flexible exports communications. Consult the CEC list or your manufacturer for more information. 
    • Must have the capability to monitor the site-wide export (usually achieved through an export monitoring device or CT clamp). 
  • SmartApply will be updated from 1 July 2023 to make it easier for you to submit applications. It will prompt you to choose the appropriate inverters and equipment required based on the chosen export option.  
  • For sites where the Flexible Exports option is selected, you will need to: 
    • Register the system with SA Power Networks based on the inverter manufacturers specific process. Links to user guides and training materials for compatible brands will also become available through free training course available through CEC Learning Hub “What you need to know about Flexible Exports – South Australia (” at the manufacturers’ discretion.  
    • Complete the onsite capability test within SmartInstall. You will be prompted to complete this short test before you close out the site in SmartInstall to confirm the system is operating correctly. 

Installations exempt from the regulations: 

  • Zero export: any system permanently configured for zero export is exempt from the new requirements. Zero export systems will not be able to opt into Flexible Exports later unless they install compatible equipment – ensure you discuss this with your customer. 
  • Battery systems: exemptions apply for battery storage systems until 1 March 2024. Some examples of how this applies include: 
    • Installation of a battery storage system to an existing solar installation does not require the site to be dynamic export capable. 
    • For installations including battery storage and solar (including hybrid inverters), the solar component must be dynamic exports capable, but the storage system is exempt from the requirements and can be export limited to 5kW per phase. 
  • SCADA connected systems: any system with SCADA connection to SA Power Networks (typically systems >200kW export) are deemed to comply with the new requirements. 

Ensure DER compliance: 

To ensure Flexible Exports sites are operating correctly and delivering value for customers, systems will be considered non-compliant if: 

  • The device has been registered, but hasn’t passed the capability test. 
  • Installation hasn’t been closed out in SmartInstall.  

Non-compliant Flexible Exports sites will contribute to your overall compliance percentage. Check out the DER compliance page. It provides you with all the information you need to know to achieve compliance. 

Flexible Exports trial for clustered small-embedded generation (SEG) systems 

We’re working to enable customers in certain SEG clustered arrangements (typically strata, community title or lifestyle villages) to opt for a trial Flexible Export offer as an alternative to being assessed as a medium embedded generator. Read more about that here

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