How much is a private power pole?

So how much is it going to cost?

The cost of private pole repairs or new private pole installation will depend on what exactly is required for your individual job. If you would like a comprehensive quote you can click here for a private pole installation quote.

One important thing to remember when replacing or repairing your private pole is that there are a few separate things being priced – the cost of the pole itself, then there is the labour of your electrician, the costs of your Level 2 Electrician, the electrical connection costs and the costs of the new cable and materials to take into account. Many prices you will see online will just literally be the price for the private pole, then it is all the extras on top.

This article will give you an idea of the work required to replace a private pole and will get to the different costs of repairing or replacing a private pole in Sydney.

The cost to supply and install a private power pole can vary greatly in Sydney. It depends on a number of factors such as – how much cable will you need? Can you reuse the existing cable? What height does the pole need to be? Does the point of attachment need to be moved? What type of pole you would like installed? Do you want a three phase upgrade at the same time? Or if you would like to improve the street view of your property and get your overheads buried underground when upgrading the new private pole.

A standard install for a galvanised steel pole is generally going to be cheaper than a timber pole. However you also get what you pay for – as the timber pole can oftentimes last a lot longer. You can refer to the Ausgrid website where it will give you a general idea on costings here.

The below pricing is the cost of the power pole itself:

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Galvanised steel private pole

Starting from

Lifespan of 10 – 12 years

Starting from 3m in size

Cables can be run inside the pole

Termite safe

Can be customised with paint

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Hardwood Timber private pole

Starting from

Lifespan of 15 – 30 years

Starting from 5m in size

Cables run outside the pole

Treated timber natural look

Best for salt corrosion areas

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Titan Composite private pole

Starting from

Lifespan of 40 years

Starting from 8m in size

Cables can be run inside the pole

Composite cement look

Not as popular due to the large size

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What about the cost of a private power pole that is fully installed? Most people want to know what it is going to cost without any hidden fees! This would include all Level 2 electrical works, all connections, labour, excavation and materials. As a rough guide for fully installed you can refer to the below costs of private power pole installation and replacement:

 

 

New galvanised steel private pole

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $1799

New galvanised steel private pole with meter box

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $3499

New large hardwood timber private pole

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $3499

New large hardwood timber private pole with meter box

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $6499

New composite private pole

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $6499

New composite private pole with meter box

Estimate of the costs fully installed and connected

from $7,499

 

 

 

What is a private pole?

 

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Many people aren’t aware of private poles and powerlines until their power goes out! Did you know that in Sydney , property owners are responsible for the electrical assets on their property? So beyond the connection point from the street home owners and property owners are responsible.

Private power poles and other assets located beyond the connection point to the switchboard or meter, allow customers to have readily available electricity located where they want it on their property. Originally they would have been installed at the landowners request and may have been in place for generations.

A private power pole is generally located on your property and is used to support the powerlines coming in with your electrical connection to your home or business. They can also be shared across multiple properties from your nearby neighbours, or be on your property alone.

The standard height of a power pole is 3 – 8 metres. In some circumstances your Level 2 electrician will need to install a taller pole in order to give proper clearance underneath. You definitely need to take into consideration the gradient and what equipment or vehicles need to get access to the property.

 

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Private pole provides power from the street with underground wiring to the new house

 

Timber pole or steel private power pole?

A good quality timber pole is never going to be the cheapest option when it comes to the cost of a new private pole installation, however with an expected lifespan of up to 50 years, they are certainly excellent value. They’re made out of a treated hardwood, and come in varying lengths. Wooden power poles also do well in challenging ground conditions – especially near the ocean as the salt water and spray can rust a metal pole quite quickly. So the wooden pole option will give you extra protection from that nasty salt water corrosion.

An added benefit of using a timber pole is that they are a local renewal timber resource, so you can feel good about making a sustainable choice. The standard timber pole length is 9 metres. So they are definitely larger in size than your average steel pole.

Areas of Sydney where we would recommend you should consider a timber pole would include all of the Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs and around Mosman, Neutral Bay, Middle Harbour, Drummoyne and surrounding Sydney Harbour areas. That salt is an absolute killer!

A galvanised steel power pole should last at least 15 years, depending on the weather conditions. The cables from the street can run down the inside of the pole so oftentimes will look a lot more visually pleasing than being run outside the pole. One of the biggest benefits of a steel pole is that they’re termite proof. This can be a big win especially in rural areas as those termites can be super destructive little creatures.

Another benefit of using a steel pole is that they are not combustible so a lot safer to use in bush-fire prone areas. So the areas of Sydney you’d be best to look at a steel power pole install would be your bushy areas around Ku-ring-gai, the Hawkesbury, the North Shore and the Hills District. Steel poles can also be painted to give a nicer aesthetic to your property and improve the street value of your home or business.

How to reduce the risks

As a responsible home or business owner it is your responsibility to make sure that your privately-owned power pole and powerlines on your property are safe and correctly maintained.

You can help reduce the risks by visually checking the general condition of poles and power lines on your property on a regular basis. This is especially important prior to bushfire season and after major storms. Often an overhanging branch can be blown over and making contact with the powerlines. If this is the case you need to call a Level 2 Electrician or tree-trimming service to get the lines cleared and safe. You will also may need to get your powerlines re-tensioned so best to call an expert.

Check the lines visually for frayed wires, UV deterioration and make sure they are not hanging too low or slack. If they are too close to the ground this is a serious electrical hazard and needs to be rectified ASAP.

To get a private pole installed in Sydney, you need to work out what area you fall under for network authority providers. A Level 2 Electrician can install a new power pole for you, however you need to make sure they’re authorised to work in your area. You can click over to our electrical faq page where we have a link to each map in Sydney. Or simply give Arrow Power a call as we are authorised to supply and install power poles to all networks in NSW.

The Australian Energy Regulator or AER are responsible for the three electricity distributors in NSW.

The best way to determine the cost is to simply contact Arrow Power. We have the best team of level 2 electricians, commercial electricians, and emergency electricians – ready to serve your every need.

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