Determining the cost to connect your house or property to the electricity grid is an important first step when deciding whether to live on or off-grid.
Often the power lines will appear quite close to your dream block of land but when you begin to chat with your electricity utility about the cost of connecting up to mains power, you get a nasty shock!
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‘The Grid’ refers to the normal mains electricity network that supplies the vast majority of Australia with electricity. The electricity distributors are companies that own sections of the national grid and are responsible for grid maintenance and purchasing the electricity from power plants . Electricity retailers are companies that purchase electricity from the electricity distributors and on-sell it to the end user or customers, i.e. anyone living on-grid.
There can be large variations in the cost of bringing mains power to your property, and in some cases it may not even be possible. The cost to connect to the electricity network depends on a range of factors, including distance from the grid, underground or over ground cabling, crossing neighboring properties, easements, SWER line capacity, transformer requirements, and many more things. It’s not uncommon for electricity distributors’ quotes to be tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars when all charges are factored in.
Off-Grid Energy Australia can assist you in obtaining an accurate cost of connection with the electricity distributor for your area. Contact us to get our handy ‘Cost of Connection – How to Guide”, and chat to our consultants about the process.