Upcoming changes to Distributed Energy Resource (DER) compliance
Ensuring every installed system meets Distributed Energy Resource (DER) compliance requirements is key to successfully enabling the energy transition in South Australia and the continued prosperity of the solar industry.
We require all SmartSA (formerly SmartApply/SmartInstall) users to keep their compliance at or above 90% in order to maintain their ability to apply for new SEG approvals.
We’ve implemented automated compliance detection, and an industry facing Compliance dashboard within SmartSA to make it easier for the industry to manage compliance.
SA Power Networks is taking the following staged approach to managing DER compliance. Stages 1 & 2 were introduced in 2023, and already contribute towards your compliance percentage. Stage 3 is the next important focus area and will be rolled out in the coming months.
|What you need to do
|Contribute towards compliance
|Close out all installations in SmartSA
|Since May 2023
|Install, register the device and successfully complete the capability test for Flexible Exports sites
|Since July 2023
|Ensure fixed (1.5kW and 5kW) and flexible export limits (1.5-10kW) are not exceeded
|Volt-Var / Volt-Watt
|Ensure regional Power Quality settings (Volt-Var / Volt-Watt) are enabled on all installations by selecting ‘Region A’ during set up
*Export limits noted are per phase. In Flexible Exports eligible suburbs, customers have a choice of fixed 1.5kW; or Flexible Exports limits between 1.5-10kW. Outside of Flexible Exports eligible areas, existing 5kW fixed export limit applies.
Stage 1 – Close out (live)
The industry response to Stage 1 has been extremely positive, with 95% of SEG systems now being correctly closed out in SmartSA (from <40% prior).
Stage 2 – Flexible Exports (live)
Commissioning compliance is currently only 62% for Flexible Exports sites. If installations are not correctly commissioned, it will likely result in repeat visits to site for the installer, and the customer missing out on valuable solar exports. With Flexible Exports now progressively being rolled out to all new/upgraded installations, it’s important to ensure that all installations are correctly commissioned.
Stage 3 – Export Limits (coming soon)
In coming months, we will be implementing automatic compliance monitoring of exports limits. We are already observing a significant number of sites which have not been set up or performing in accordance with their approved export limit e.g. exceeding 1.5kW fixed export limit.
We will shortly begin targeted industry engagement to support those with higher levels of export limit non-compliance and to help us shape our approach.
What you can do right now
Here are some tips to meet DER compliance requirements:
- Ensure all sites are correctly commissioned for Flexible Exports or Fixed Export limits where applicable
- Action non-compliant applications. You can view them by using the ‘non-compliant’ filter in SmartSA. It will tell you what actions need undertaking to make it compliant.
- Communicate the importance of DER compliance and how to meet the requirements with your colleagues and solar installers.
- Educate your team on the SmartSA dashboard, and how to use Application and Installations through our range of Embedded Generation User Guides and training.
- Reach out to us! Our New Energy Services team is here to help. Send us an email or give us a call on 13 12 61, option 2 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- Are you up to speed? Check your knowledge of the Dynamic and Flexible Exports Requirements that came into effect from July 2023 (September 2023)
- Introducing consequences for non-compliant DER installations from 19 May 2023 (April 2023)
- Our approach to Distributed Energy Resource (DER) compliance is changing (December 2022)