Development of a new subdivision includes the installation of all necessary reticulation to individual lots. Developers must also make arrangements to connect the reticulation to the electricity network.

When considering an electricity supply the developer must contact PowerNet at the very early stages of planning to discuss the connection process.

PowerNet provides two documents that explain what is required to ensure approval to connect to the PowerNet electricity network:

An installation Connection Application must be completed for all subdivisions.

Please note: if your connection is on the Electricity Southland Limited (LakeLand Network) you need to complete a Lakeland Network application (link below)

Policies relating to Installation Connections are contained in the PowerNet Installation Connection Standard. You can download the Installation Connection Standard here.

Get Adobe ReaderProposed subdivision plans should be forwarded to PowerNet so that we can complete a design for the electrical reticulation. We will complete the design and price the works required. Either email the plans to or post the plans to Connections Team, PowerNet Limited, PO Box 1642, Invercargill.

The developer will be required to contribute towards the cost of the installation and may be required to contribute towards the cost of upgrading the local electrical network to accommodate the new subdivision. The level of contribution will depend on the cost of the work, the size and location of the development and the capital work required to upgrade the local network in order to support the increased electrical load.

PowerNet has a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the electrical reticulation on our network and that it has been installed to specified standards so that we can provide a reliable service to customers. PowerNet has experienced contractors who complete the installation work for subdivisions.

PowerNet retains ownership of the new reticulation in order to have ongoing responsibility for managing, controlling and maintaining the electricity reticulation. PowerNet purchases the new reticulation from the developer and this is reflected in the quote.

The work is scheduled with PowerNet’s contractors after receipt of acceptance of the quote by the developer. Payment is required before work commences. The time frame for completion of the work depends on the developers’ construction programme, the time of year (work can be weather dependent), if there is a lead time required for some of the materials and PowerNet’s commitments.

At the completion of the work, a PowerNet Project Manager will conduct a site inspection to ensure that the necessary Council and PowerNet requirements have been met for the installation of power to the subdivision. When the installation is complete and accepted we send the developer a completion letter.

Please be aware that easements may also be required to ensure that PowerNet has legal rights to locate lines, cables and equipment as well as access to maintain the network. Click on the link for more information.