New standards to help power system handle more home solar

Compulsory new standards are on the way for household energy technologies that connect to the power system, such as solar panels, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) announced.

‘These new minimum technical standards are part of a raft of changes we are looking at to future-proof the power system so it can confidently handle more solar,’ said AEMC Chief Executive Benn Barr.

‘We need to keep pace with the change underway – nearly three million households and small businesses have taken up solar, and the demand for household batteries and electric vehicles will increase over time,’ Mr Barr said.

The new standards will ensure that household energy systems won’t ‘trip’ or disconnect when there are voltage disturbances on the network. The change is forward-looking rather than retrospective, and so will apply only to new and upgraded systems rather than existing ones.

It applies to all jurisdictions in the national electricity market and will take effect from December 2021.

For more information, see the AEMC website.