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Embedded generation

Embedded generation is the process of generating electricity at a specific location and then connecting that supply into the electricity network.


We understand connecting embedded generators can be a complex process. You may need the assistance of an electrician or solar installer to determine which connection type is best for you. Your electrician, solar installer or solar system retailer can also submit a connections application on your behalf.


 

Are you connecting a micro, small or large embedded generator?

  • Micro embedded generators

    Apply for this if you're connecting a solar system (or another type of embedded generator) under 10 kW a phase.

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    How long will it take to get connected?

    If the network doesn’t require changes or upgrades in order to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 weeks. If the network does require some type of change/upgrade to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 months. In addition to the work we undertake, your energy retailer will arrange for the meter installation and final connection.

    How much will my connection cost if changes to the network are required?

    The applicant may be required to pay all direct costs associated with any system studies. You may also need to contact your energy retailer to find out if any fees apply to this connection.

    Will I need to pay a deposit?

    No deposit required.

    What information do I need to know to complete my solar connection application?

    • Type of connection (overhead or underground)
    • Length of overhead service wire or underground mains service wire
    • Pole identification number
    • Voltage measured at the existing installation before the connection
    • Are voltage measurements available from onsite data logging?
    • Existing maximum demand in amps and number of phases connected at the property
    • Generator type
    • Number of modules
    • Manufacturer
    • Rated output (watts per module)
    • Connection and protective equipment incorporated
    • Number of inverters
    • Inverter model number
    • Inverter manufacturer
    • Inverter rating (in watts)
    • Inverter rating (in KVA)
    • Inverter phase(s)
    • AS4777.2.2015 Grid Connection of Energy Systems via Inverters certificate number
    • Will the embedded generation incorporate battery storage? If yes, details of the battery storage system
    • Single line diagram of generator system (and battery configuration if applicable)
  • Small embedded generators

    Apply for this if you're connecting a solar system (or another type of embedded generator) over 10 kW a phase.

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    How long will it take to get connected?

    If the network doesn’t require changes or upgrades in order to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 weeks. If the network does require some type of change/upgrade to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 months. In addition to the work we undertake, your energy retailer will arrange for the meter installation and final connection.

    How much will my connection cost if changes to the network are required?

    The applicant may be required to pay all direct costs associated with any system studies. You may also need to contact your energy retailer to find out if any fees apply to this connection.

    Will I need to pay a deposit?

    We may request a non-refundable application fee if further assessment's required.

    What information do I need to know to complete my solar connection application?
    • Type of connection (overhead or underground)
    • Length of overhead service wire or underground mains service wire
    • Pole identification number
    • Voltage measured at the existing installation before the connection
    • Are voltage measurements available from onsite data logging?
    • Existing maximum demand in amps and number of phases connected at the property
    • Generator type
    • Number of modules
    • Manufacturer
    • Rated output (watts per module)
    • Connection and protective equipment incorporated
    • Number of inverters
    • Inverter model number
    • Inverter manufacturer
    • Inverter rating (in watts)
    • Inverter rating (in KVA)
    • Inverter phase(s)
    • AS4777.2.2015 Grid Connection of Energy Systems via Inverters certificate number
    • Will the embedded generation incorporate battery storage? If yes, details of the battery storage system
    • Single line diagram of generator system (and battery configuration if applicable

    For further information please read our Requirements for Connecting Small Embedded Generating Systems (PDF)

  • Large embedded generators

    For embedded generators greater than 5 MW. If you’re organising a large embedded generation connection, we'd like to speak with you early in your project planning to ensure we understand your needs. Book a face-to-face meeting with us.

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    How long will it take to get connected?

    If the network doesn’t require changes or upgrades in order to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 weeks. If the network does require some type of change/upgrade to support your embedded generation connection, the average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the process is about 4-6 months. In addition to the work we undertake, your energy retailer will arrange for the meter installation and final connection.

    How much will my connection cost if changes to the network are required?

    The applicant is required to pay all direct costs associated with any system studies, administration fees or any network changes required to support the connection. You may also need to contact your energy retailer to find out if any fees apply to this connection.

    Will I need to pay a deposit?

    We may request a non-refundable application fee if further assessment is required.

    What information do I need to know to complete my solar connection application?
    • Type of connection (overhead or underground)
    • Length of overhead service wire/underground mains service wire
    • Pole identification number
    • Voltage measured at the existing installation before the connection
    • Are voltage measurements available from onsite data logging?
    • Existing maximum demand in amps and number of phases connected at the property
    • Generator type
    • Number of modules
    • Manufacturer
    • Rated output (watts per module)
    • Connection and protective equipment incorporated
    • Number of inverters
    • Inverter model number
    • Inverter manufacturer
    • Inverter rating (in watts)
    • Inverter rating (in KVA)
    • Inverter phase(s)
    • AS4777.2.2015 Grid Connection of Energy Systems via Inverters certificate number
    • Will the embedded generation incorporate battery storage? If yes, details of the battery storage system
    • Single line diagram of generator system (and battery configuration if applicable)

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