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Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Active Solar (Photovoltaics): Other Authorisations/Consents

F20. For stand-alone systems not connected to the distribution network, no additional authorisations are required. For systems that are connected to the electricity network, prior consent of NIE must be obtained in accordance with NIEs current connection process. Small PV systems come within the scope of Engineering Recommendation G83/1 – Recommendations for the Connection of Small Scale Embedded Generators (up to 16A per phase), in Parallel with Public Distribution Networks, (Issue 1: 2003). NIE have increased the limit of G83 applications to 6kW per phase. Larger systems may be required to meet Engineering Recommendation G59/1/NI – Recommendations for the connection of embedded generating plant to Northern Ireland Electricity’s distribution systems.
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