Irrigation is vital to Tasmania’s agricultural industry. We’re here to distribute electricity across the state to support our farmers prepare and irrigate their crops. If you want to connect or upgrade your irrigation system, here’s some important information you need to know.
Organising irrigation connections to the network can be a complex process. You may need the assistance of an electrician. Your electrician can also submit a negotiated connections application on your behalf.
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What do I need to know about irrigation connections?
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Connecting a new irrigation system, or upgrading, relocating or replacing an existing irrigation connection
How long will it take to get connected?
All irrigation connections and upgrades require an investigation to determine if we need to make changes to the network to support the new or altered connection. Therefore a negotiated connection application will need to be submitted.
The average timeframe for us to finalise our component of the irrigation connections process is about 4-8 months. In addition to the work we undertake, your energy retailer will need to arrange for a meter installation and final connection (if required).
How much will my new connection/alteration cost?
You’ll be provided with a quote (called a letter of offer) after we’ve completed our investigation.
Will I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. In most cases payment of the estimated design costs will be required before we process your application and begin the investigation. The design costs will be estimated based on the work required to complete your connection. For larger projects (over 100 amps) you may be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee of $2288.88 (incl. GST) or more.
Please note: The estimated design costs are deducted from your contribution within our letter of offer. If you don’t proceed with the offer the design costs and/or application fee won’t be refunded (unless there are unused funds). Any additional costs associated with preparing your connection offer will be invoiced to you.
What information do I need to know before starting my connection application?
- The distance from TasNetworks’ existing electricity supply to your proposed connection (in metres)
- How much of this distance is on your property, public roads, or neighbouring properties (in metres)
- How much of this distance is underground or overhead (in metres)
- The pole identification number you connect to or propose to connect to
- Will the line be crossing a neighbour’s property? If yes, are they likely to grant an easement? Have you discussed the easement with your neighbour?
- Total proposed connection demand (in amps)
- Existing demand (for existing connections) (in amps)
- Number of phases (1, 2 or 3)
- Estimated annual consumption
- Maximum motor starting load (in amps)
- New or existing motor, motor size (in kWh), number of starts (ie. per hour/day), starting device, brand, model number and type
- Site sketch and demand assessment