FAQs for a DG connection of 10kW or less
You must ensure your equipment and its installation complies with WEL's Connection Standard. Generally, the company providing or installing the equipment will oversee this process.
Section 2.6 of WEL's Network Connection Standard outlines our connection standard for Distributed Generation.
Inverters used to connect energy systems to WEL's network must comply with AS/NZS4777.2:2020 and AS/NZS4777.1:2016. You can check your inverter compliance here.
We prioritise safety at WEL Networks and any systems that do not meet standard will not be connected and any connected systems that subsequently compromise network safety may be disconnected.
From 15 January 2024, the following requirements will come into effect:
- A WEL smart meter will need to be installed if the installation address for the distributed generation doesn't currently have a WEL smart meter.
- A retailer will determine the revenue meter supplier (MEP), but in all cases the meter board will also need to contain a WEL smart meter.
- WEL will cover the installation cost of the WEL smart meter. If there isn't enough space on the meter board for the WEL smart meter, the meter board must be enlarged at the customer's expense. Please refer to the minimum required space here.
The charge for processing your application is $100 excluding GST. We will send out an invoice once we have received your application form.
We may also charge you if we need to inspect your proposed installation as part of the application process.
Once your DG connection application form has been submitted and the application fee subsequently paid, we will then review your application.
Reviewing and approving an application usually takes up to 10 working days and we will let you know within five working days of receiving your application, if we need any more information. If for some reason we are unable to approve your application, we’ll get in touch to discuss this with you.
Once your application has been approved it will be passed along to your electrician and electricity retailer, who will work with you to progress your connection.
The application form must be signed by the party seeking to become the distributed generator i.e. the holder of the ICP and not the installer.
However the application requires technical knowledge and we recommend that you consult with the installer and your electrician so they can help you complete the form below.