What happens when you commit to a large system?
If you commit to installing a large system, with the system having an inverter nameplate of 100kVA or more and the capability to export electricity to the grid, you are required to apply for a licence from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia.
Applying for a licence requires you to provide details about:
While this list looks intimidating, Tandem Energy is well versed in supporting organisations to meet these requirements – contact us to find out more.
But wait, there's more!
As well as the ESCOSA generation license, you have to satisfy both the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) and SA Power Networks (SAPN) that your system is safe, reliable and well-operated.
These require completion of a Safety, Reliability, Maintenance and Technical Management Plan for the OTR (catchily abbreviated to SRMTMP), and a Compliance Monitoring Program for SAPN.
What happens after you apply?
If approved, there is little additional day-to-day work outside of maintaining the system. You are, however, required to report to ESCOSA whenever a breach in compliance occurs, and provide them with an Annual Compliance Report. You also need to annually report to the Office of the Technical Regulator regarding the SRMTMP.
The Annual Compliance Report required by ESCOSA is designed to ensure you understand the implications and importance of properly maintaining your solar system and the compliance rules around it. The report is required to be signed by 2 executive members of your business (often Directors or equivalent) or independent auditors approved by ESCOSA, so some planning is required each year around this.
While the set-up and compliance with legislation around a solar system seems complicated, we can provide you with support all the way to make sure the process is as painless as possible. And then you can sit back and enjoy the sunshine while you lower your energy bills, reduce your emissions, and help the state move to greener energy.