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Application Fees for Connecting a Solar Power System to the Grid in New Zealand

By Kristy Hoare on in Solar Power New Zealand

Application Fees for Connecting a Solar Power System to the Grid in New Zealand

One of the additional costs you might have to pay when installing a grid-connect solar power system is a fee to your local lines company to approve your solar power system exporting power to the grid.  Not all lines companies have a charge, lucky for some!  Some lines companies will also charge you an observation and testing fee.

I have been through all of the New Zealand lines companies websites and given some of them a call to find out if they have connection fees and whats the price.  This information is up to date as of the 17th of April 2014.

Lines Company Areas Serviced Application Fee GST Observation & Testing
Alpine Energy Geraldine, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Timaru, Twizel, Waimate $230 inc. -
Aurora Dunedin, Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka no fee - -
Buller Electricity Westport $200 - -
Centralines Waipawa, Waipukurau $200 ex. -
Counties Power Auckland (southern Papakura only), Pukekohe - - -
Eastland Network Gisborne, Wairoa $200 ex. $60
Electra Foxton, Shannon, Levin, Otaki, Kapiti no fee no fee
Electricity Ashburton Ashburton $200 ex. $60
Electricity Invercargill Invercargill (inner suburbs), Bluff $200 - -
Horizon Energy Distribution Kawerau, Murupara, Edgecumbe, Whakatane, Opotiki $200 ex. -
The Lines Company Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Mangakino, Taumarunui, Turangi, Ohakune $200 - $60
MainPower Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Oxford, Rangiora, Woodend, Kaiapoi no fee - -
Marlborough Lines Blenheim, Picton $170 ex. -
Nelson Electricity Nelson (CBD) ? - -
Network Tasman Takaka, Motueka, Nelson (suburbs), Brightwater, Wakefield $200 ex. $60
Network Waitaki Oamaru $200 ex. $60
Northpower Whangarei, Dargaville no fee -
Orion Christchurch, Lincoln, Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston $80 ex. $60
OtagoNet Milton, Balclutha $200 ex. -
The Power Company Gore, Te Anau, Winton, Riverton, Invercargill (outer suburbs) $200 - -
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 - -
Scanpower Dannevirke, Woodville no fee - no fee
Top Energy Taipa Bay-Mangonui, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia, Kawakawa, Moerewa, Kaikohe $200 inc. -
Unison Networks Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Hastings $248 inc. -
Vector Wellsford, Warkworth, Snells Beach, Helensville, Waiheke Island, Auckland (excluding southern Papakura) no fee -
Waipa Networks Cambridge, Te Awamutu $200 inc. $60
WEL Networks Huntly, Raglan, Hamilton $225 inc. $67.50
Wellington Electricity Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt $200 inc. $60
Westpower Reefton, Greymouth, Hokitika $200 inc. $60

Showing 7 comments

Posted by Kristy on 20th Jan 2017 15:14:45

Hi Barney

The fees in this blog are one off payments.

Unison are the only company that are charging the solar tax, which is an annual fee that will effect solar power owners, the extra charge will be between $128 and $258 a year. Unison defend their solar tax as they say solar power system owners are still heavy users of peak electricity demand. This charge doesn't account for solar owners who have low demand at peak times and does not encourage anyone to reduce their peak demand if they can.

Posted by barney on 20th Jan 2017 13:26:02

are these application and observation and testing fees, a one-off charge or are they trying it on by charging it as monthly or annual fee.

if so maybe it is time that Parliament stood up to these companies who are not supporting energy saving and removed their ability to make such charges.

Posted by Kristy on 13th May 2016 11:27:46

Hi Dion

Mercury and Meridian are both energy retailers. This page outlines the fees that the lines companies charge.

See details about Murcurys buy back price here: https://mysolarquotes.co.nz/about-solar-power/residential/solar-power-buy-back-rates-nz/#sthash.Acsk6eOd.dpuf

Posted by Dion on 12th May 2016 21:41:58

What about Mercury?

Posted by sighmin on 21st Oct 2015 11:02:08

Meridian are retailers I think and not suppliers ,can't understand the large cost variations given some companies put no charge on ,

Posted by Kristy on 3rd Oct 2015 15:34:53

Hi Yankiwi,

Info about Meridian Energy can be found on this page - https://mysolarquotes.co.nz/about-solar-power/residential/solar-power-buy-back-rates-nz/

Posted by Yankiwi on 3rd Oct 2015 12:37:53

What about Meridian?

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