Since December 2019, Victorian distribution networks including United Energy, have mandated the use of “smart inverters” on new solar installations. These are essential for helping solar customers get the most from their investment while also supporting power quality and network security for all customers.
Smart inverters have power quality response mode settings (such as ‘Volt-Watt’ and ‘Volt-Var’ applied) that ensure customers experience less trips off by their solar system as a result of power quality fluctuations. The information also helps us to enable an increasing uptake of solar by providing the information we need to maximise the amount of solar by feeder line.
The accuracy of documentation provided by solar installers to register new installations is an important step in achieving these objectives.
We are required to collect detailed information on the make and model of any distributed energy resources and submit this data to the market operator AEMO, for their distributed energy resources (DER) Register.