Our nearest transformer, with which we would connect to the national grid, required an upgrade for us to be able to access it. This upgrade was quoted at $4640 plus GST. I say ‘nearest’ transformer, as it was still a little way down the road from our property entrance, and just to run cabling that far was going to cost us another $7988 plus GST.
The other alternative was to buy our own transformer, which could then be positioned closer to our entrance way. This would cost us $8188 plus GST, plus $1800 to run cabling to our gate, and then the same cost as in the first scenario to continue on to our house site.
By this stage you might be starting to see why connecting to the national grid was losing it’s appeal. In both cases we would be spending upwards of $18000 dollars for the privilege of paying a power bill every month. Even worse, Powerco’s justification for still owning the transformer which we would have to pay for - that they would maintain it when necessary – is no longer a certainty. As of 2013, power companies will no longer be obliged to service lines which are less profitable for their organisations, and that means rural areas with scant density of houses as opposed to a typically well populated suburb.