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Technical requirements

All applications to install renewable energy require our assessment to ensure they meet our technical requirements.

The Basic Micro EG Connection Technical Requirements or Low Voltage EG Connection Technical Requirements specify the minimum technical requirements for customers connecting renewable energy to our low voltage networks. 

Please be mindful that even when you feel you have complied with all the technical requirements, there is no guarantee that your application will be approved. For example, an application may not be accepted due to local network constraints, something you have no control over. You cannot proceed with any installation until you have received approval from Horizon Power in writing. Don’t forget to complete and attach the relevant schedules to your application.

Included in the technical requirements are specifications for generation controlled renewable energy installations. In these installations, your system production is controlled or managed to help maintain the reliability of power supply to all our customers. Generation controlled systems may require energy smoothing, feed-in management (FIM) or export limits and will need a System Impact Study to be undertaken, for which a fee applies. The System Impact Studies may identify the need for network augmentation however Horizon Power cannot confirm what these augmentation costs are until after the study is completed.

Some specific applications may also require zero export or feed in management (FIM) as part of the Horizon Power technical assessment process. 

HPC-9DJ-13-0002-2019 - Horizon Power Low Voltage EG Connection Technical Requirements.pdf

HPC-9DJ-13-0001-2019 - Horizon Power Basic Micro EG Connection Technical Requirements.pdf

Renewable energy systems are categorised as follows:

  • Basic Micro EG Connection: Single phase, up to and including 10 kVA
  • Basic Micro EG Connection: Three phase, up to and including 30 kVA
  • LV EG Connection: Over 30 kVA but less than or equal to 200 kVA
  • LV EG Connection: Over 200 kVA but less than or equal to 1,000 kVA

These categories are further defined by whether your system is located in a Standard or Non-standard network. Horizon Power currently defines these as:

  • Standard networks: Towns located in the North-West Interconnected System (NWIS) which include Karratha, Roebourne, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Cossack and Point Samson.
  • Non-standard networks: All other towns located in Horizon Power’s service area

For all applications seeking to install over 1,000 kVA please contact renewables@horizonpower.com.au

Prosumers If your intent is to connect a renewable energy system to a Horizon Power network to partially generate your own electricity and potentially export excess electricity to the Horizon Power network, then you are a Prosumer.

Prosumers are offered the Renewable Energy Buyback contract or the Renewable Energy Commercial Buyback contract.
For larger, non-residential systems, the total estimated annual renewable energy generation (kWh) should be no more than 20 per cent above the customers’ total annual consumption (kWh) prior to installing the renewable energy generation.
Independent Power Producer If your intent is to supply the renewable energy generated back to Horizon Power as a power producer, then you are an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

A Power Purchase Agreement is negotiated with each IPP.
If you don't meet the Prosumer rule above, you are deemed to be an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Please complete and attach the relevant schedules to you application, as required for your system size.

Schedule 1

Proponent Compliance Checklist

This is a checklist comprising the key elements that need to be satisfied in order to comply.

Basic Micro EG Customer Compliance Checklist

LV EG Customer Compliance Checklist

Complete the checklist and enter any relevant comments. The checklist must be attached to all applications

Schedule 2

System Diagram

This is a conceptual diagram that illustrates the functional relationships between key subsystems using solid lines. The Customer’s System Diagram shall be in accordance with Appendix B ‘Connection Arrangement Requirements’ of the Basic Micro EG or Low Voltage EG Connection Technical Requirements.

View a sample diagram

A system diagram must be attached to all applications

Schedule 3

Circuit Diagram

This includes one or more diagrams detailing the electrical connections from the point of connection through to the renewable energy source. The Customer’s Circuit Diagram shall be in accordance with Appendix B and the other requirements of the Technical Requirements.

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A circuit diagram must be attached to all applications

Schedule 4

Cable Data

This is the data associated with power cables connecting the Customer’s grid connected inverter to Horizon Power’s electricity distribution system. This includes the consumer mains cable.

Note that it is the Installer’s responsibility to ensure that voltage rise within the customer’s premises is in accordance with AS/NZS 4777.1

View sample data

Cable data must be attached to all applications.

Schedule 5

System Parameters

The key parameters that are to be implemented in the system are to be captured in this schedule. This will include information on power quality response modes, protection functions etc.

Basic Micro EG System Parameters

LV EG System Parameters

The System Parameters schedule must be attached to all applications.

Schedule 6

Registered Professional Engineer (NER or equivalent) sign-off letter

For all installations that require Generation Management, a registered Professional Engineer shall validate that the design is in accordance with the Connection Technical Requirements and provide supporting documentation. An installer may reuse a NER (or equivalent) declaration for multiple installations providing the installations do not differ with the NER (or equivalent) validated reference design in certain elements.

The National Engineering Register provides a directory of Chartered Professional Engineers.

To avoid any conflict of interest, Chartered Professional Engineers in the employ of Horizon Power are unable to provide NER sign-off letters.

A registered Professional Engineer sign-off must be attached to the application for all systems requiring generation management.

What are the most common reasons for an unsuccessful engineering assessment?

1. Ambiguity in the information supplied on the application
2. Inverter not on the CEC approved list
3. The voltage rise is too high
4. Local distribution transformer limits have been exceeded
5. There is a phase imbalance (greater than 2.5 kVA)
6. Generation management details have not been included in the application
7. Horizon Power system renewable energy limits reached

Generation management

Generation management allows more renewable energy to be installed across our electricity systems.

One of the challenges of managing renewable energy installations is the impact of their intermittent nature on the security and reliability of the power supply.

Generation management helps to overcome this challenge by controlling the electricity output of your rooftop solar. The availability of generation management installations means that we can allow more renewable energy to be installed across our electricity systems.

Generation management needs to be purchased in addition to the solar panels and inverter. In some towns, a solar system can only be installed with a generation management system.

Included in our technical requirements are specifications for generation managed renewable energy installations - where the electricity output can be controlled to help maintain the reliability of our power supply to all our customers.

Please note: The inverters connected to Horizon Power’s system shall be compliant with AS/NZS 4777.2:2015. The AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 compliant inverters shall be as per the list managed by the Clean Energy Council (CEC).

Contractors and consultants are encouraged to demonstrate that their PV & Battery Systems comply with Horizon Power’s generation management (smoothing) requirements. 

The requirement for generation management depends primarily on the size of the renewable energy system you would like to install, whether it is in a Standard or Non-standard network, and the available hosting capacity in your town.

All ‘LV EG’ category renewable energy systems will require generation management.

All ‘Basic Micro EG’ category renewable energy systems are required to have FIM provisioning.

In certain circumstances, some ‘Basic Micro EG’ connections may require generation management where there is an increased risk to the reliability and security of supply in their town.

Please use the eligibility calculator to see if you are eligible to install rooftop solar, participate in our buyback scheme.

Eligibility calculator

Horizon Power prescribes three methods of generation management:

Generation Management Method

Description

Renewable energy smoothing

Participating customers to install energy storage devices that release energy back to the grid to prevent system instability caused by fluctuations in renewable energy generation

Feed-in management (FIM)

Participating customers to allow Horizon Power to occasionally curtail the renewable energy installation’s generation output to prevent system instability

Zero export

Participating customers will not be allowed to export renewable energy into the system/distribution network.

This may apply in some of our towns.

Energy control and/or storage installations for renewable energy systems are already available in the market place and renewable energy suppliers and installers will be able to develop these so that they meet Horizon Power’s generation management technical requirements.

Horizon Power will provide information support to suppliers and installers who wish to develop this kind of energy storage installation.

There will be an additional cost from your installer for a generation managed system. Your renewable energy installer will be able to provide you with a quote for a suitable product to purchase.

You may also be required to pay a fee for Horizon Power to carry out a technical assessment of your renewable energy system application.