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Inverter system greater than 150kVA and less than 1MVA

How much will it cost?

Enquiry fee - $3,500 plus GST.

Application fee- $5,000 plus GST .

Network studies fee - this cost may vary depending on the location of the installation and the network complexities.

How long will it take?

We will contact you within 3 business days.

What more do I need to know? 

  • The services of a National Engineering Register (NER) engineer will be required to advise in general on the process to be followed, the system design, and the equipment to use.
  • Signing of a contract for network studies. Studies assess such aspects as network steady-state flow, protection and power quality. These studies will indicate whether any network augmentation is required.
  • If network augmentation is required, there will be additional costs for further assessment.
  • If no network augmentation is required, Western Power prepares the Technical Schedules (with customer input).
  • Following construction, the customer submits completed the Technical Schedules, a Technical Compliance Report (TCR) and a request to commission. If approved, permission to commission is granted.
  • Customer submits the commissioning results, and a request for Approval to Operate.
  • The site’s electrical retailer is required to submit an ETAF (Electricity Transfer Application Form) to Western Power and a service request to change the site’s meter to bi-directional (required regardless of whether the generator is exporting or not). These must be completed before an Approval to Operate can be released.

Stage 1 - Enquiry

The enquiry stage involves a high-level feasibility assessment, which usually determines whether there are any network impediments to the generator connecting. If there is sufficient hosting capacity we'll provide you with an application form.

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Stage 2 - Application

Western Power will conduct various studies and prepare Technical Schedules for the generator.

Stage 3 - Network studies

Studies assess such aspects as network steady-state flow, protection, power quality, and monitoring/control requirements. These studies will indicate whether any network augmentation is required.

Stage 4 - Request to commission

Nominate a 2-week period to complete your commissioning testing.

Stage 5 - Request for Approval to Operate

Assessment of your commissioning report, updated Technical Schedules and Technical Compliance Report.