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.
We are pleased to see Waikato residents doing their part to look after our region by choosing to power their homes with renewable energy. This has resulted in WEL receiving an increased number of applications from customers wishing to install solar panels on their homes and businesses.
It is due to this increase that we are no longer able to absorb the cost of processing applications for Distributed Generation (solar) connections. From April 1 2020, WEL will introduce a $100 + GST application fee for all new Distributed Generation applications for systems 10kW or less, to recover the administration costs of processing applications. An invoice will be sent to the applicant for this fee once your application has been received.
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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 will continue monitoring the update on the new inverter regulatory requirements and will update the webpage accordingly.
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.