Distributed Generation

What is distributed generation?

If you are generating energy via alternative sources - for example photovoltaic (solar panels), micro wind (turbines), gas, diesel and biomass (vegetation) - distributed generation allows you to connect to, and input any surplus power into the the WEL network. This can be used for commercial distribution.


Distributed Generation connections of 10KW AND LESS

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There are currently no application fees for distributed generation connections of less than 10kW.


Congestion occurs when localised oversupply of power into the network has the potential to create reversed power flows impacting safety and power quality.

All areas of the WEL network are currently considered uncongested.

WEL Networks' policies and procedures regarding the application for, installation and connection of distributed generation are in accordance with the requirements of Part 6 of the Electricity Industry Participation Code (known as the Code)

WEL Connection and operation standards

  • Section 2.6 of WEL's Network Connection Standard (Distribution Code) sets out our connection standards for distributed generation. Section 2.6 can be found here
  • WEL's full Network Connection Standard (Distribution Code) can be found here
  • Inverters used to connect direct current (DC) generation equipment to WEL's network must comply to one of the following standards:
  • Safety is the priority for WEL Networks and any systems that compromise network safety may be disconnected without notice.

Regulated Terms

In the majority of distributed generation connections (once completed) the Electricity Authority's Regulated Terms from the Code Part 6.2 will apply.  However WEL Networks and the distributed generator may enter into a connection contract at any time and these contract terms shall take precedence.  If contracted terms cannot be negotiated and agreed within 30 days following notice to WEL Networks of the intent to form a contract then the Regulated Terms shall apply.  Any changes to contracted terms shall be by mutual agreement.

  • A copy of the Regulated Terms can be found here
  • The full Code Part 6 can be found here

connections of more than 10KW



This year WEL Networks is distributing $20 million into the community through the WEL Networks discount.

Make sure to check your April and May power bill to ensure you receive your credit.