Micro Embedded Generation
How do I connect a micro embedded generator to the Essential Energy network?
Before you commit to purchasing or upgrading a micro embedded generator it is important to understand ALL costs associated with system installation, system costs, metering costs and if applicable, any network upgrade requirements.
The connection process includes completing an Application for Low Voltage Connection Form and submitting it to Essential Energy. Your application will then be assessed to determine whether the local network is able to accommodate your system.
Contact an Accredited Service Provider (ASP) to obtain a quote for metering and network upgrades if required. If your system is approved by Essential Energy, work with your supplier and an accredited service provider to arrange the installation of your system.
Once a Certificate of Compliance for Electrical Work (CCEW) and Notification Of Service Work (NOSW) form is received Essential Energy may choose to inspect your system. In certain circumstances systems energised and connected to our distribution network may be deemed unsafe if they do not comply with Australian Standards. This may result in disconnection from Essential Energy’s network.
For further information about the connection process contact Essential Energy on 132391.
What can be connected to Essential Energy’s network?
Any micro embedded generation device that meets Australian Standards can be permanently connected to the national electricity network, including Essential Energy’s distribution network. While small scale solar photovoltaic systems have been the most popular installations, Essential Energy is now experiencing an increased number of applications for a variety of energy generation systems of differing types and scales. It is important to check with your system provider to confirm the option you select meets current Australian Standards before committing to your purchase.
Who can help me with my new micro embedded generator?
You will need to work with a number of parties to purchase, install, connect and approve your new system. Here is a short overview of who does what:
Processes network applications for connections and authorises network connections
Performs connection inspections and system audits
Issues National Market compliant meters to Accredited Service Providers (ASPs)
Collects data readings for the National Electricity Market (NEM)
Supplies ripple receivers to ASPs and manages network load.
Accredited Service Providers:
- Licensed electrical contractors who are authorised to complete service works such as service connections, meter installations and general electrical works.
- Licensed Electrical Contractors able to complete general wiring and installation works such as cabling, switchboard works, excluding service works.
- Clean Energy Council Accredited Installers:
- System design, including customised generation systems
- System installation (must have an A grade electricians license).
Provide competitive energy offers and Agreements
Set-up energy rates for import, export and time of use
Bill customers for their energy and apply any rebates.
Where can I find a designer/installer of renewable energy systems?
It’s important to remember you need to engage an Accredited Service Provider to complete any service work associated with your system - electrical work can be performed by any licensed electrical contractor. Your installer may have these qualifications. Ask to see their qualifications or check whether they are authorised by visiting the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services
What should I consider before I purchase my micro embedded generator?
If you’re interested in connecting a micro embedded generator to Essential Energy’s network for the first time, or you want to upgrade or connect a larger system to the network, it’s necessary to submit an Application For Low Voltage Connection form to Essential Energy for approval. This is required so Essential Energy can assess whether your local network can accommodate your system. It also allows an accurate record of connections to be kept.
In response to your application you’ll be advised whether your system is suitable to connect to the network. In some instances, powerline upgrades or new transformers may be required to support your system. In the event your local network needs to be upgraded you may be required to pay a contribution towards the work – this is something we’d discuss with you.
What if I want to install a larger system or make changes to my existing system?
Your nominated installer or Accredited Service Provider (ASP) will be able to provide you with further advice depending on the changes you’re planning to make. Make sure you tick off the following steps before you change your system size:
- I have engaged an installer. They have been to my premises, recommended a suitably sized system and I have received an estimate inclusive of all costs
- My ASP has been to site and confirmed my metering arrangements and has provided cost estimates
- A new Application For Low Voltage Connection form to increase my system size has been submitted to Essential Energy and I have my approval and connection offer
I have spoken to my retailer and understand what changes will occur to my existing energy rates
I have documented all costs, charges and changes associated with my system change.
What are Essential Energy’s inspection arrangements for new installations?
Essential Energy inspects new renewable energy installations on a sample basis after receiving a CCEW from your installer and the NoSW from your ASP.
In certain circumstances, systems energised and connected to our distribution network that are unsafe or do not comply with Australian Standards may require disconnection from Essential Energy’s network.
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