Low voltage generation over 30kVA
Embedded generating (EG) systems (such as solar, batteries, diesel) can help manage your demand on our electricity network during peak energy use times and assist in the event of emergency outages or supply interruptions.
These Low Voltage EG systems include configuration arrangements greater than 30kVA, such as:
- Non exporting, partial or full exporting embedded generator via an IES (including renewable energy sources such as solar)
- Bumpless, Standby or Parallel EG systems via rotating machines (i.e. diesel)
- Exporting EG systems via renewable energy technology such as solar, wind and biogases.
Typically, such EG systems benefit from AEMO’s standing exemption and are required to follow the connection process under Chapter 5A of the NER.
How to apply for connection
You can use the Enquiry Form in the Electrical Partners Portal to start the connection process. As part of the connection process, we’ll check if the local network can support your proposed system to work effectively. We’ll also need to establish a new connection contract with you.
Further information on the connection process is available in Part A of our Embedded Generation Information Pack (PDF 2.5 mb). The following information explains the types of connections.
Basic connection offers
If your connection service qualifies as a basic connection service in accordance with our Connection Policy (PDF 680.0 kb), our Model Standing Offer (PDF 488.0 kb) can set out the applicable conditions for connecting your EG system to our distribution network.
Negotiated connection offers
Where your connection does not qualify as a basic connection service, or you choose to negotiate the terms of your connection contract, you can negotiate your connection offer with us in accordance with the framework set out in the National Electricity Rules. Please refer to our Negotiated Connection Agreement (PDF 451.3 kb) for our indicative terms.
Under the National Electricity Rules, where a Network Service Provider receives a connection application it must make an offer to the applicant to enter into a Connection Contract.
Important information for generators
On 18 December 2020 a new version of AS/NZS 4777.2 was released. AS/NZS 4777.2:2020 came into effect 12 months from the release, on 18 December 2021. For more information about this change, please see our FAQs document (PDF 743.9 kb).
Get in touch
Do you have a specific question about connecting an embedded generator?
If so, please contact our LV Generation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general enquiries please contact the Connections Operations team on 13 74 66