icon-electricity Variation to electricity generation licence – South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water)

  • Project Released: 28 Aug 2020
  • Project Closes: Nov 2020
  • Contact: Jessica Farrell


The Commission has received an application from the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) to vary its electricity generation licence.



Current status is Initiate

  • Initiate
  • Final
  • Initiate
  • Submissions
  • Final



SA Water’s current generation licence authorises the operation of generating plant at various sites. SA Water is seeking to vary its licence to authorise the operation of the following:

  • a solar generating plant and battery storage  with a 1.378 MW nameplate capacity and a 1.10MW maximum export capacity at the Balhannah Summit Storage Water Filtration Plant
  • a solar generating plant and battery storage with a 615kW nameplate capacity and a 530kW maximum export capacity at the Onkaparinga Hills Water Pump Station, and
  • a solar generating plant and battery storage with a nameplate capacity of 2.085MW and a 1.125 MW maximum export capacity at the Aldinga Water Water Treatment Plant.

In assessing an electricity licence variation application, the Commission considers the application against the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act. It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act), being the protection of the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services, and other factors as they apply to the Commission's role as an economic regulator of the South Australian electricity industry.

In making its assessment, the Commission considers advice from the Office of the Technical Regulator and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks.

The application is subject to a public consultation period closing on 25 September 2020. The Commission welcomes submissions on any matters relevant to the application.


Please refer to the variation history in the licence for further information on variations approved by the Commission, pursuant to the criteria in the Electricity Act and the ESC Act.


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