Get Connected

Will I be able to connect?


For Stewart Island customers, please make your application directly with Southland District Council


Export congestion occurs when electricity injected into our network causes a component in the network (for example, a line) to operate beyond its rated maximum capacity or give rise to an unacceptably high level of voltage at the point of connection to the network. The purpose of identifying areas of the network that are subject to export congestion is to provide you, at the earliest possible time, with information that may impact your decision to invest in distributed generation.


Congestion levels for the PowerNet managed Networks are included below:

Simply zoom into your desired location and see if it falls into a highlighted area. If not, it’s likely you are not in a congested area (can input 10kW as export power threshold on the online application form).


Presently there are two specific locations on the PowerNet managed network at which PowerNet is aware of export congestion for small-scale generation connected to the LV network or at which PowerNet expects export congestion for small-scale generation to occur within the next 12 months.

It is highly likely that more export congestion will occur as more generation is connected to the network and it is vital that people considering installing new or additional small-scale generation follow the PowerNet processes. Connection of large-scale generation (1MW or above) will always be engineered on a case-by-case basis.

Distributed Generation may be curtailed or interrupted if it poses a safety risk or is in an area of congestion

How do I get connected?

If you want to connect generation to our network you should:

  • Identify if your proposed generation is in an area of congestion on the map above and become familiar with our Congestion Policy. If your proposed generation sits in an area of congestion, PowerNet may require you to curtail or temporarily disconnect your generation.
  • Ask your installer what application you will be applying for:
    • Part 1A (Fast-track) Application

You can apply for a fast-track application (Part 1A) if you meet all of the following criteria:

      • If you have a single-phase inverter its size is 5kVA or less or if you have multiple single-phase inverters in parallel the phase imbalance is 5kVA or less
      • Your total inverter size is 10kW or less
      • Your maximum export power is less than the export power threshold for your location
      • All inverter(s) are AS/NZS 4777.2 2020 compliant.
      • All inverter(s) have both their volt-var AND volt-watt protection modes enabled.
    • Part 1 (Default) Application
      • If you can’t meet all of the criteria for the fast-track application, but your total inverter size is still 10kW or less you can still apply for a default application (Part 1).
    • Part 2 Application
      • If your total inverter size is greater than 10kW you can apply for a Part 2 application.

How much will it cost to connect?

Charges associated with processing applications to connect to generation systems are listed below. Approval will not be processed prior to payment of fees being received in full.


Generation Capacity Application Type Fees (NZD incl. GST)
Application Witness and Commissioning Test
≤ 10kW1 Default 230.00 69.00
Fast Track 115.00 69.00
> 10kW and ≤ 100kW Part 2 575.00 138.00
> 100kW and ≤ 1000kW Part 2 1150.00 1380.00
> 1000kW Part 2 5750.00 1380.00

1 For fast-track applications: 5kVA is the maximum permissible size and phase imbalance for single-phase inverters and multiple single-phase inverters in parallel respectively


PowerNet may need to perform further detailed investigative studies to identify any potential adverse effects the generation may have on the system. A fee will be chargeable for this; we will advise you before we approve the connection if this is required.