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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 5kW total inverter capacity per phase, or
  • Up to 3.5kW total inverter capacity per phase for SWER

 

Pre-approval is instant and free using the online instant pre-approval tool.

 

If you want to install a larger or more complex system please go back to the solar and battery connections page and select a different option.

 

Timelines and process

 
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Get pre-approval
Instant, if application accepted
1
Install system
2
Submit paperwork
Due - 90 days after pre-approval
3
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 before you can start the installation for your customer.

    Instant pre-approval for smaller systems is available using our online tool. If you are in a restricted area of the network, we may need to assess your application manually.

     

    Our requirements

    For systems with a total inverter capacity of up to 5kW per phase (including battery inverter capacity). Use our online instant pre-approval tool.

    If the total inverter capacity is more than 5kW per phase, please use the manual pre-approval process.

     

    Costs

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

     

    Time frame

    Instant - if application is accepted.

  • Install system

    Our process

    Once you have pre-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

    The system you install MUST match the one pre-approved by us.

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

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

    Make sure you sign the Connection Agreement with your customer

     

    Costs

    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 for our final approval. The system must remain switched off.


     

    Our requirements

    You must send three forms to your customer's 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.

     

    Costs

    There are no costs for this part of the process.

     

    Time frame

    90 days - For you to install and submit the final paperwork before your pre-approval expires.

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

  • Meter reconfigured - ready to switch on

    Our process

    After we receive and approve the paperwork from the retailer, we will reconfigure the customers 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.

    Please note: your customer will be moved on to a time of use 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.
     

    Costs

    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.