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On 1 December, Jemena moved to an end-to-end digital platform for all solar and renewables installations and alteration applications.

This represents its early response to an industry-wide move to create a centralised database of information relating to solar and renewable energy installations which is due to be implemented in early 2020.

This industry-wide initiative, known as the DER Register, will allow networks to make better informed decisions about network investment options and to forecast, plan and operate the electricity grid more efficiently.

Jemena has taken this opportunity to digitise solar and renewables to align with its other construction application processes, with an aim to facilitate a seamless interface for its customers.

Jemena’s installers and registered electrical contractors (RECs) are impacted the most by the move to digital, and Jemena is working hard to support them through this change. Dedicated websites for both installers and customers have been created, containing all the information required to facilitate a smooth and efficient transition to Digital Embedded Generation.

Jemena installers and RECs will benefit from:

  • No more paper forms
  • Mobile enabled application
  • Automatic data validation within the application
  • One point of entry for all application types
  • Instantaneous auto-generation of an Embedded Generation application number (EGid)
  • Single point of reference – the EGid will be used by installers, customers and energy retailers to track and reference the job

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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