NEW POWER OF CHOICE METER RULES

Any new or replacement meter for homes or small businesses will be a smart meter, installed by your electricity retailer.

New regulations designed by the Australian Energy Market Commission to give you greater choice in the delivery of some electricity services. This is not directly related to the Solar Industry but the supply of electricity in general.

Under these new rules the energy retailers (ie the company you choose to send your bills) will be responsible for installing any new and replacement meters. For residential and small business customers any new or replacement meter will be a smart meter, although customers can ask their retailer to install it without the remote communication hardware, if they’d prefer. In this instance their retailer will need to arrange for the meter to be manually read.

TYPES OF METERS

Accumulation Meters (Flat Rate Meters)

Accumulation meters only keep track of the total electricity usage. This means you are charged the same amount for the electricity you use, regardless of when you use it. For this reason these meters are also known as Flat Rate Meters.

Accumulation meters can be Electronic or Electromechanical.Electronic accumulation meters have a digital display. Electromechanical accumulation meters have two different types of displays – a dial display or a cyclometer display.

Below left: Cyclometer display  Middle: Dial display  Right: Digital display

Interval Meters (Time Of Use Meters)

Interval meters record how much electricity is used every 30 minutes. This means you can have different electricity rates for usage at different times of the day, depending on the tariff you sign up to with your electricity retailer. Some of the benefits of interval meters include more detailed information on your energy use and the opportunity for pricing plans that provide incentives to reduce your demand for electricity during peak times.  For this reason, these meters are also known as time of use meters.

Interval meters are all electronic. The display of the interval meter is programmed to show the date and time (in Eastern Standard Time as required by the National Electricity Rules) as well as the total kilowatt hours (kWh).

(insert images here)

Below left: E1 (single phase), Middle: E2 (single phase dual element) Right: E3 (three phase)

Smart Meters

The meter readings are collected via remote communications systems.  Apart from the aspect of remote reading, these meters record your energy in the same way as interval meters, that is, recording how much electricity is used every 30 minutes. This means you can have time of use pricing.

(insert images here)

Below left and right: Two types of smart meter

Net Meters (Will export excess solar power to the grid)

To export excess power so your solar system produces back to the grid, you will need a Net Meter. Sometimes these are already installed and can be identified by the wire coming from the meter and usually connected to the outside of the meterbox. The following images are examples of Net Meters.

What our customers say about us

Latest Articles

Gosford Solar Installation – What are the Things that you Need to Know with Solar Panels?

Gosford Solar Installation
In these times, we always need to find a way to save energy, money, and resources. There are unnecessary bills that we need to cut off in our lives so that we can put our focus on other things. One of the things that we need to put attention to is our electric bills. Every month we pay thousands in order to sustain our household in terms of electricity. Gosford Solar Installation will provide you the best solar panels. What are the benefits of using solar panels?

...

Read More

NewCastle Solar Installation - Professionals to Help Choose your Solar Panel

NewCastle Solar Installation
Installing solar panels are one of the best solutions for anyone who is willing to substitute the polluting energy that they have been using to a green and renewable source of energy. Other than helping the environment, it will also help you cut the bills that you have to pay each month. Solar panels have the ability to transform the solar energy to an electrical energy. Solar panels just utilize the Physics concept on law of conservation of energy. With these, sola...

Read More

The Royal Hotel Singleton

The Royal Hotel Singleton now has this 250 panel installation with Enphase Micro Inverters.

Enphase technology overcomes the complicated roof space on this site where there are multiple angles and shade to deal with. Because each module works individually the impact of shade and the roof facets is minimised allowing for maximum output from each unit.

If there is ever any storm damage it would be isolated to the affected modules allowing the rest of the system to keep working therefore the ...

Read More

Flat Roof 10KW Enphase system

Install of the week goes to this Flat Roof 10KW Enphase system on the coast.

Flat roof installs generate a little less in winter but have a higher overall annual output. They look much better and allow more panels because they do not need to be
spaced apart to avoid shading. Using tilt frames is somewhat dated and is no longer considered best industry practice, so where it can be avoided and particularly in high wind areas, we would advise against tilting.

Installing up and down the coast...

Read More

Don‘t miss any of our news and offers!

You can unsubscribe from our Newsletter for free at any time