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Lines Companies Solar Application Fees

All lines companies require consent. If you are going to be exporting solar power to their power lines, then they need to know!  Most solar installation companies take care of this process for you, but here are the details if you'd like to know.

Lines companies want to make sure that the technical specifications of your system meet their prerequisites.

Lines companies on occasion reject grid connection requests based on the size of the system. Often, this will be resolved by installing a smaller system or installing a zero export device.

Export charges - some lines companies are just starting to bring out a fee for exporting solar to their grid.  At this stage the charges they are imposing are minimal and make very little difference to the financial benefit of installing solar power.  It is up to the energy retailers to pass this fee on, which many don't.

To find lines companies' application fees and applications forms for each area of New Zealand, please see the list below;

Last updated: 9th May 2022

Residential Application Fees and Export Charges - 10kW or less

Lines Company and Application Page Link Areas Serviced Application Fee <10kW Observation & Testing Under 10kW GST Export charges
Alpine Energy Geraldine, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Timaru, Twizel, Waimate $200 $60 ex. Nill
Aurora Dunedin, Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka No fee No fee - Nill
Buller Electricity Westport $100 $60 ex. Nill
Centralines Waipawa, Waipukurau $100 $60 ex. TBC
Counties Power Auckland (southern Papakura only), Pukekohe No fee No fee - $0.010 / kWh
Eastland Network Gisborne, Wairoa $100 - $200* Fees apply if the distributor has to send qualified personnel to observe the testing and inspection of the distributed generation ex. Nill
Electra Foxton, Shannon, Levin, Otaki, Kapiti

No fee

No fee - Nill
Electricity Ashburton Ashburton $80 $60 inc. Nill
Horizon Energy Distribution

Kawerau, Murupara, Edgecumbe, Whakatane, Opotiki $100 - $200* $60 ex. Nill
The Lines Company Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Mangakino, Taumarunui, Turangi, Ohakune $100 $60 ex. Nill
MainPower

Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Oxford, Rangiora, Woodend, Kaiapoi No fee MainPower do not offer inspection services - Nill
Marlborough Lines Blenheim, Picton $100 - $200* $60 ex. Nill
Nelson Electricity Nelson (CBD) No fee Nelson Electricity do not offer inspection services - $0.005
Network Tasman Takaka, Motueka, Nelson (suburbs), Brightwater, Wakefield $100 - $200* $60 ex. Nill
Network Waitaki Oamaru $115 - $230* $60 inc. Nill
Northpower Whangarei, Dargaville No fee No fee - $0.01
Orion Christchurch, Lincoln, Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston $80 - $200 $60 ex. Nill
OtagoNet (Managed by PowerNet) Milton, Balclutha $115 - $230 $69 inc. TBC
The Power Company (Managed by PowerNet) Gore, Te Anau, Winton, Riverton, Invercargill (outer suburbs) $115 - $230 $69 inc. TBC
Powerco Coromandel, Whitianga, Tairua, Thames, Whangamata, Paeroa, Waihi, Waihi Beach, Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Matamata, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Katikati, Tauranga, Te Puke, Waitara, New Plymouth, Inglewood, Stratford, Eltham, Opunake, Manaia, Hawera, Patea, Wanganui, Raetihi, Waiouru, Taihape, Marton, Bulls, Feilding, Palmerston North, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston, Martinborough No fee No fee - Nill
PowerNet Invercargill City, Southland, West Otago, parts of Central Otago and Stewart Island $115 - $230 $69 inc. TBC
Scanpower Dannevirke, Woodville $200 $60 ex. TBC
Top Energy Taipa Bay-Mangonui, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia, Kawakawa, Moerewa, Kaikohe $115 $69 inc. $0.005
Unison Networks Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Hastings $100 $60 ex. TBC
Vector Wellsford, Warkworth, Snells Beach, Helensville, Waiheke Island, Auckland (excluding southern Papakura) No fee No fee TBC
Waipa Networks Cambridge, Te Awamutu $100 - $200* $60 ex. $0.009
WEL Networks Huntly, Raglan, Hamilton $100 No inspection required. ex. Nill
Wellington Electricity Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt $100 $60 ex. Nill
Westpower Reefton, Greymouth, Hokitika $100 - $200* $60 ex. TBC

Commercial Application Fees and Export Charges - 10kW or More

Lines Company Application Fee 10-100kW
Application Fee 100kW - 1MW
Application Fee 1MW + Observation & Testing Over 10kW but less than 100kW
Obs & test over 100 kW GST Export charges
Alpine Energy $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Aurora $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Buller Electricity $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Centralines $500 $1,00 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. TBC
Counties Power No fee No fee No fee No fee No fee - $0.010 / kWh
Eastland Network $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Electra No fee No fee No fee $120 $1,200 - Nill
Electricity Ashburton $250 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 inc. Nill
Horizon Energy Distribution

$500 $1,000 $5,000 up to $350 up to $350 ex. Nill
The Lines Company $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
MainPower

A fee may be required on a case by case basis A fee may be required on a case by case basis A fee may be required on a case by case basis MainPower do not offer inspection services MainPower do not offer inspection services - Nill
Marlborough Lines $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Nelson Electricity No fee No fee No fee Nelson Electricity do not offer inspection services Nelson Electricity do not offer inspection services - $0.005
Network Tasman $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Network Waitaki $500 $1,115 $5,750 $138 $1,380 inc. Nill
Northpower $500 $1,000 $5,000 No fee No fee - $0.01
Orion $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
OtagoNet (Managed by PowerNet) $575 $1,150 $5,750 $138 $1,380 inc. TBC
The Power Company (Managed by PowerNet) $575 $1,150 $5,750 $138 $1,380 inc. TBC
Powerco $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
PowerNet $575 $1,150 $5,750 $138 $1,380 inc. TBC
Scanpower $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. TBC
Top Energy $575 $1,150 $5,750 $138 $138 inc. $0.005
Unison Networks $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. TBC
Vector $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 TBC
Waipa Networks $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. $0.009
WEL Networks $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Wellington Electricity $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. Nill
Westpower $500 $1,000 $5,000 $120 $1,200 ex. TBC