Distributed generation refers to energy that is generated by small scale generating technologies (eg. water, solar, wind) that is connected to the electric power network. Anyone who meets the applicable safety, technical, operational and commercial requirements can connect to our network.

The connection of distributed generation is regulated by the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010. These regulations specify a number of matters such as the time period within which we must process your application, the maximum fees that we can charge for processing your application and inspecting your generation, as well as other terms and conditions.

To begin the connection process you must apply in writing although we would prefer that you called us first to discuss your intentions. Call 03 311 8300 and ask to speak with the New Connections Team.

There are two processes for connecting distributed generation to MainPower’s network:

  1. Distributed generation with capacity of 10 kilowatts or less (<10kW)
  2. Distributed generation with capacity greater than 10 kilowatts (>10kW)

Additional information:

Connecting Generation Technical Standards
Safety Requirements
Export Constraints

Electrical Inspectors:

Customers are free to use any electrical inspector, below is a list of some inspectors that service the area.
Aaron Harris Electrical - Phone 03 310 0277
Delta Utility Services Christchurch - Phone 0800 333 875
Electricianz (2006) Ltd - Phone 03 322 6377 or 027 546 7633
Spectrum Energy Limited - Phone 021 960 044