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Overview

As of 28 September 2020, all new embedded generation installations in South Australia must comply with the new requirements outlined in the Government’s ‘Smarter Homes’ amendments to the Electricity (General) Regulations. 

One of the new requirements for customers installing embedded generation or replacing specified generation plant (e.g. a PV inverter), is to appoint a ‘Relevant Agent’. The Relevant Agent will initiate control of the output of the embedded generator as directed by the SA Government or other party with a lawful authority such as SA Power Networks.  

The Relevant Agent framework has been designed to enable the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and State Government to reduce the risk of major blackouts, under certain rare circumstances, by monitoring and maintaining safe levels of solar PV generation.

What does this mean for you? 

As a solar installer/retailer you will have some new responsibilities as part of the Relevant Agent changes:  

  • At the point of sale, you will need to make sure solutions presented to the customer meet the new requirements. You may need to work closely with manufacturers to achieve this 
  • At network application time, you will need to select the customer’s chosen Relevant Agent 
  • Installers need to contact their tech provider or manufacturer on how to install systems properly
  • Installers are responsible to ensure the system is commissioned in a way that complies with the new regulation requirements and allows the nominated Agent to perform the remote disconnection/reconnection activity
  • Post installation complete the eCoC and confirm the customer’s chosen Relevant Agent
  • Where systems include multiple inverters, tech providers and/or manufacturers may have additional configuration requirements

If you have already submitted an application and installation is planned on or after 28 September: 

  • The installation must meet the requirements as detailed by the regulatory changes. *Noting applications submitted prior to 10 August are exempt from the VDRT requirement 
  • If the application is pending or has been recently approved, you will not need to submit a new application however we may contact you to confirm who the Relevant Agent for the system will be 

SA Power Networks as a Relevant Agent 

SA Power Networks is a Relevant Agent on behalf of a number of agreed technology providers, which is listed on the State Government’s List of Relevant Agents. You can authorise the appointment of SA Power Networks as the Relevant Agent on behalf of the customer as part of the SEG application submission.   

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