Permanently connected generators

Permanently connected stationary generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home in the event of power outages.

A licensed electrician must be used to connect your generator to your house circuit, meeting Energex or Ergon Energy requirements.

The installation must meet Australian Standards for electrical safety:

  • AS/NZS 3000 Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules)
  • AS/NZS 3010 Electrical installations – Generating sets

These can be downloaded from Standards Australia, Techstreet or SAI Global.

Your electrician must also install a permanently wired changeover switch. This allows power to be fed from only one source. Either your generator or your Energex or Ergon Energy supply at one time. This prevents dangerous backfeeding.

Never run generators indoors.