In New South Wales, it is a requirement that an Accredited Service Provider (ASP) inspects the system, installs the meter and switches your system on. To avoid any delay in getting connected, it is worth making sure this is organised ahead of time.
1. Lodge Approval to Connect to Network Application
Before your system can be installed, your installer should lodge on your behalf an application to connect with your distribution company. After notification of approval has been given by your distributor and a job number issued, installation can go ahead.
Note that the time taken for approval varies considerably between distributors.
2. Sign contract with your electricity retailer
As a solar customer, you will need to sign a new contract and negotiate a feed-in tariff with your electricity retailer.
3. System installed
Installer completes Certificate of Compliance – Electrical Work (CCEW) and arranges for Level 2 Accredited Service Provider (ASP) to install meter. Job number from distributor along with CCEW is provided to the ASP by the installer.
4. ASP installs meter and system switched on
ASP to install meter and connect to grid (customer is charged separately for this). ASP completes a Notification of Service Work (NOSW) and submits to distributor along with the CCEW within 2 working days.
5. Retailer notified
On receiving all paperwork from the ASP, the distributor notifies your electricity retailer who will make necessary changes to your electricity account. You should see changes on your next bill.
- Customer signs STC Assignment Form only after installation is complete (system capable of producing electricity but does not need to be connected to meter)
- Customer to read Clean Energy Council's Consumer Guide
- Use a Clean Energy Council-accredited installer
- Who is my distributor? http://www.switchwise.com.au/electricity/distributors/
- New South Wales Solar Bonus Scheme
- Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal: solar feed-in tariffs