Ausgrid cuts red tape to fast-track solar and battery applications

Solar panels being installed on a roof (rooftop solar)
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Ausgrid has announced it is streamlining applications and cutting fees for customers installing solar panels and battery storage.

In coming months, all solar and battery systems up to 30kW in size will be fast-tracked, saving customers more than $200 on their applications.

Acting CEO Trevor Armstrong said people households needing a new or upgraded connection will also be able to apply using a single, online form.

By cutting red tape, fees and processing times, Mr Armstrong said more homes and businesses across the network can install solar and battery systems.

“This can also make the grid more efficient and help save all our customers long-term by reducing the need to build more capacity into the network,” he said.

Ausgrid supplies electricity to almost 1.7 million customers in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter. Mr Armstrong said around 100,000 customers had already installed embedded generation, usually residential rooftop photovoltaic systems.

“We get about 10,000 applications a year for embedded generation systems of up to 30kW,” he said.

“Up to one in 10 are for larger micro-generation systems, which previously required a more detailed technical assessment.

“We no longer see a need for this assessment based on the lower risk associated with these systems.”

The new application process removes the requirement for a more detailed technical assessment of systems sized from 5-10kW for single-phase connections and 15-30kW for three-phase connections.

The changes are due to start later this year.

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