Solar / Distributed Generation

Eastland Group

Distributed Generation

Distributed generation – or DG – is electricity generation equipment that is embedded within a distribution network, and is connected in such a way that it can produce energy flow into the network, or loads connected to the network. Distributed generation is also known as embedded generation.
These generators (solar, wind, micro hydro etc) are usually connected to provide power to your house or business, with the excess power produced being sold to your nominated electricity retailer.

Eastland Network covers the Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast regions of New Zealand. If you wish to connect your DG system to our distribution network, your equipment must comply with the safety and technical standards described in Eastland Network’s connection standards.

Applications for installation and connection of distributed generation to our network must be made in accordance with the requirements of Part 6 of the Electricity Industry Participation code.

Eastland Network Solar / Distributed Generation

Eastland Network is actually made up of three networks – Gisborne, Wairoa and Tuai

Installation and connection of Distributed Generation

To begin the process of connecting a distributed generator to our network please read and complete the documents shown below:

By regulation the DG systems have been split into two categories:

  1. those below 10kW and
  2. those above 10kW.

Please apply using the correct form for your system:

Eastland Network Solar / Distributed Generation

The network has 17 zone substations and 3,680 distribution substations

Eastland Network Solar / Distributed Generation

Eastland Network includes more than 3,000 km of overhead wires, and another 380km underground

Connection approval process

Once Eastland Network has received your application a response to the status of your application will be sent within five working days.

Within 30 working days, Eastland Network with give you written notice about whether your application has been approved. This is an approval of your application ONLY, and not approval to connect. Unless otherwise agreed, all connections below 10kW will be connected under the regulated terms and conditions.

Should the status of your application be approved please notify Eastland Network of the date you wish to connect and a network engineer or representative will arrive to sight and document a certified inspector’s report and evidence of its compliance with the technical requirements.

Once all relevant data has been acquired Eastland Network will give final approval for you to connect your system and you may connect to our network.

Please call us on 06 869 0700 or email info@eastland.nz if you need help with the application process.