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DEBS & REBS solar application

If you’ve decided to install solar, a home battery system and/or an electric vehicle, you’ll need to apply to both Synergy and Western Power if you want to connect to the grid. As part of this process, we’ll let you know if you’re eligible for the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS).

Follow these simple steps to start enjoying the benefits of the sun and to apply for DEBS & REBS...


Apply for DEBS

Apply to Synergy to start the process. For customers installing a new system, you or your supplier can simply complete the Distributed Energy Scheme application form.

Apply to Synergy

Existing REBS customers

For customers currently on REBS looking to upgrade an existing system, please review the REBS terms and conditions to see if you are eligible to remain on REBS or will need to apply for DEBS.

Apply to Synergy

Apply to Western Power to connect to the grid

Using your reference number, you or your installer will need to apply to have your system connected to the Western Power network. We’ll be notified when your connection is approved for installation and if you qualify for the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). We’ll then arrange for your meter to be changed or reconfigured to a compliant bi-directional meter.

Please note, once we have arranged the meter change or reconfiguration with Western Power, you may incur any associated metering costs if you decide to cancel your application.

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Install your solar system

Once Western Power approves your application, we’ll arrange, if required, for your meter to be changed or reconfigured. Once you get that, your supplier can install your system. All done! It’s time to start saving.

Getting connected costs

DEBS administration fee
$21.90 per account
Metering costs to switch to DEBS
Meter upgrade fee: $95.70 (inclusive of GST)
Meter reprogram fee: $95.70 (inclusive of GST)
Communications equipment installation (if required)
Additional charges may apply in situations where Western Power deems it is necessary to install communications capability on the meter to take the required meter readings for billing purposes (e.g. because they have no access to the meter such as a 0160 meter typically found in lifestyle villages). Price on application.

Who's eligible for DEBS?

DEBS is available to residential customers who consume not more than 50MWh/a, non-profit organisations and educational institutions that have a small renewable energy system between 500 watts and 5kW and/or a distributed energy system, which can be over 5kW. You’ll also need to have:

  • An approved, bi-directional meter installed
  • All necessary approvals to connect your system to the grid and transfer electricity into the grid must be obtained, including but not limited to, Western Power and Synergy
We’ll let you know if you’re eligible for DEBS as part of the getting connected process. As long as you don’t increase your solar system to above 5kW - we’ll continue to buy back your excess energy. (Different arrangements apply to feed in tariff customers. Please refer to the DEBS terms and conditions for further details.)

Read the DEBS pricing schedule

To find out more about the buyback rates on different tariffs and all associated fees and charges.

Download the pricing

Connect your distributed energy system (not eligible for DEBS) to the grid

Even if your system is not eligible for DEBS , you can still connect it to the grid and take advantage of renewable energy through self consumption. All you need to do is download and complete the distributed energy systems application form and send it back to us.


Complete the distributed energy systems application form

To get started, have your account number and bill details handy.

For solar systems, you'll need to provide details of your system size (kW) and inverter capacity (kW). And for batteries, the capacity (kWh) and battery power (kW) is required.

Apply to connect your system

Once you've completed the form, send it back to us online

Save time and postage costs and use our handy, online tool to submit your registration form.

We'll give you a reference number within 1 business day so you can then apply to Western Power to get your battery connected to the grid.

Submit your connection request