Embedded generation

Embedded generators are equipment that generate electricity and are connected within Ausgrid's distribution network. In some cases a generator may export generated electricity back into our network. There are a wide range of generating technologies available. These include:

  • Renewable systems including, Solar Photo-voltaic cells, Wind turbines, and Hydro-generation
  • Battery storage systems
  • Combustion machine e.g. diesel generators
  • Co and Tri-generation

Standby generation equipment is used as an alternative source of supply in the event of a power outage or to help manage the demand for electricity on our network, usually during peak energy use times.

If you wish to connect an embedded generator to Ausgrid's network, you must submit a connection application. You need to submit a connection application even if you are installing a standby generator or a generator that will not export electricity back into the network.

How do I apply?

First, determine which Connection Application Form is relevant for your connection. Choose the situation that best describes you from the following drop down links.

I am installing a micro EG (e.g. solar) that is less than 5kW, and I have an existing network connection

You will need to submit the following application form. Check that your inverter is on the published Clean Energy Council approved products list of compliant units. Only inverters on this list may be connected to the Ausgrid network.


Further information on installing micro EG systems such as Solar PV can be found here.

My EG will be less than 5MW and I do not plan to register with AEMO

You will need to submit two application forms. These are:

AND either:


Ausgrid has prepared an information pack to assist customers that are seeking to connect an embedded generator installations with a capacity between 30kW and 5MW to Ausgrid's network.  

Further information on installing micro EG systems less than 30kW, such as Solar PV, can be found here.

My planned generation system is greater than 5MW, or I plan to register my system with AEMO

Large registered generators are connected via the Chapter 5 process in the National Electricity Rules. You will need to submit the following application form to commence the connection process.

An applicant using this form can either submit the application as a preliminary enquiry (recommended), or elect to skip to a detailed enquiry. 

Ausgrid has prepared an information pack to assist proponents who are seeking to connect large embedded generator installations to Ausgrid's network. These installations are typically register with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), and trade energy in the National Electricity Market (NEM).