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Up to 30kW connections

We’re making some changes

With the introduction of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Register, we will be making some small changes to our Solar Pre-Approval tool, as well as implementing a NEW Post Installation tool! The changes, including the new tool, will now be launched in late February 2020

Click here for more information on the upcoming changes to our Solar and Battery connection process.


This page is for you if you are an Installer, Solar Retailer or Registered Electrical Contractor (REC)* and you are designing a solar and/or battery system that is:

  • Up to 10kW total inverter (solar and battery) capacity per phase and 5kW export (3.5kW for SWER)
  • Up to a maximum of 30kW total inverter capacity and 15kW export across 3 phases.
  • Export limited (must comply with SOP 33-06)

Pre-approval to install a system is instant and free using the online pre-approval tool.

 If you want to install a larger system, please go back to the Renewable Energy page and select a different option.

We have a new Connection Agreement (Model Standing Offer) that applies as of 1 December 2019. All new inverters must have the power quality response mode settings, detailed in the MSO, applied at the time of installation.

*You must be an authorized representative of the customer.



Timelines and process

Get pre-approval
Instant, if application accepted
Install system
Submit paperwork
Due - 90 days after pre-approval
Meter reconfigured, ready to switch on
10 days from receipt of paperwork
  • Get pre-approval

    We are responsible for providing a safe and stable energy network (grid) for our customers and workers. This is why all new renewable energy installations must be approved by us.

    Our process

    You will need pre-approval from us before you can start installing the system for the customer.

    Instant pre-approval for systems up to 30kW capacity and 15kW export across 3 phases is available using our online tool.  Please reference the quick reference guide in the tool if you need more information.



    Our requirements

    For systems with a total inverter capacity of up to 10kW per phase and export up to 5kW per phase (3.5kW for SWER), use our instant pre-approval tool.

    If the total inverter capacity is more than 10kw capacity and 5kW export per phase, please use the manual approval process

    Please note: Only Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved inverters will be approved for installation. Furthermore, inverters must also have power quality response mode capability in place (both volt-var and volt-watt) to ensure the installation complies with our network requirements. 





    There are no costs for this process until it's time for the meter to be reconfigured.


    Time frame

    Instant - if application is accepted.

    If your application is not approved through the instant tool, please use the manual approval process.

  • Install system

    Our process

    Once you have approval from us, you can install the system. For safety, the inverter must be left switched off until the meter has been reconfigured.


    Our requirements

    Please install your system within 90 days of pre-approval. If more than 90 days elapses before you install the system, please submit another application.

    If you have had to make changes to the system prior to installing, please ensure the following requirements are met before providing details of the changes in the Connection Agreement:

    • The total inverter capacity is the same (or less) than approved
    • The total inverter export is the same (or less) than approved
    • The inverter is on the CEC approved inverter list

    An electrical inspector must inspect the installed system and complete a Certificate of Electrical Safety (CES) with you.



    The cost for electrical safety inspection is set by the electrical inspector.


    Time frame

    90 days - to complete the installation and submit the final paperwork before our pre-approval expires.

  • Submit paperwork

    Our process

    Before we can allow your customer to generate their own energy you’ll need to send three forms to your customer’s retailer, which they will pass on to us. We will then reconfigure your customer's meter. The system must remain switched off until this is complete.


    Our requirements

    You must send three forms to your customers energy retailer:

    • Electrical Works Request (EWR) form available from the Victorian SIR website.
    • Certificate of Electrical Safety (CES), which your electrical inspector will purchase from Energy Safe Victoria.
    • AusNet Services Connection Agreement, signed by the customer.

    Help keep things moving by checking the addresses, names, phone numbers and installation details match previous submissions.



    There are no costs for this part of the process.


    Time frame

    10 business days - Following receipt of the completed paperwork from your retailer for us to approve the the final installation and complete the meter update.

  • Meter reconfigured - ready to switch on

    Our process

    After we receive and approve the paperwork from the retailer, we will then reconfigure the customer’s meter. This means data will now be recorded for energy generation as well as consumption.

    We will then send a text message to the customer to confirm that they are able to switch on their system.

    Important: your customer will be moved on to a time of use network tariff as part of this change. It is important that you highlight this to them.


    Our requirements

    We require customers to have only one meter:

    • Smart meter - requires an electronic remote reconfiguration.
    • Non smart meter - will require a truck visit for manual reconfiguration.
    • More than one meter - will require a truck visit to consolidate them.


    The customer is billed by their energy retailer, either:

    $28.65 for electronic meter reconfiguration; or

    $335.00 for a truck visit (if required)

    Please note: these are our costs, your retailer may also add cost.


    Time frame

    10 business days - electronic meter reconfiguration.

    20 business days for truck visit - this will be arranged with you.

  • Instant approval for <30kw system rejected – what now?

    There are a number of reasons why an application may be rejected through the instant approval tool.

    If your application has been rejected, or you want to have your application reviewed by one of or technical assessors, you can apply for pre-approval through our manual process.

    Our process

    • Submit the online pre-approval form with your request details and Single Line Diagram (SLD) to us.
    • Pay invoice.
    • We will complete a technical assessment (up to 65 business days).
    • You will then be required to submit your EWR, CES and AusNet Services Connection Agreement to your customer’s retailer.
    • Once we have received this completed paperwork we will reconfigure your customer’s meter.



    Our requirements

    During assessment our technical assessors are doing the following:

    • Checking your pre-approval application form
    • Assessing the effects of your proposed design on the network and if there is capacity to host your system
    • Assessing if your SLD meets requirements

    If your system is export limited, please make sure it complies with our Standard Operating Procedure 33-06.

    Make sure you use Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved inverters for the installation.



    Assessments cost:

    • $155.66 (excl. GST) for systems up to 15kW
    • $206.37 (excl. GST) for systems over 15kW and up to 30kW


    65 business days - to assess the application after payment of invoice

    20 business days - to reconfigure the meter