Distributed generation - solar/wind

What is distributed generation?

Distributed generators, also known as 'embedded generators', are generators located at a home or business that are capable of generating electricity for use on the premises. They may also be capable of putting surplus power back into our network.

Installing distributed generation

This page lists the documents outlining the process to be followed by consumers if they are interested, or want to apply to for connection of distributed generation of any form such as solar, wind, hydro, bio gas etc, to Alpine Energy’s distribution network.


Distribution generation is governed by the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 (the Code). Refer to the Electricity Authority for more information. The Code sets out the rules for how you make an application to connect distributed generation to our network, how we process this application and your rights along the way.

Distributed generation equal to or less than 10 kW

Distributed generation greater than 10 kW

General information


Testing, certification and inspection requirements are in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992 under section 82.


For information about fees please see schedule 6.5 of the Code. Current fees are included in the information and application process documents.

Connection and Operation Standard

This standard covers the connection and operation condition for distributed generation that is connected to the Alpine Energy network. The purpose of this standard is there to ensure safety to the public, consumers, contractors, the Alpine Energy network and Alpine staff. Click here to read the connection and operation standard.


Regulation and standards

For the latest standards and amendments vist the Standards New Zealand website. Standards New Zealand is a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It specialises in managing the development of standards. 

Information for distribution connections without a connection contract can be found here. 

Please visit the Electricity Authority to download the Participation Code 2010.

For access to the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, go to the New Zealand Legislation.


Below are links to other websites that might useful.

Contact details

Peter Bennett

Metering officer

Phone: 03 687 4300

Freephone: 0800 66 11 77

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