Z-NET Uralla has been tracking the official statistics on installations of small scale solar (mainly rooftop solar). Up until October 2016 growth in the increase of solar in our community was positive but slow (5-6%) compared to the rest of Australia. But we have taken off since then – now on par with the rest of NSW at 28%, and since July 2017 we may have even have exceeded national growth in solar!
There is 3-4 month lag between installation date and the data making its way into the statistics, so we will keep an eye on new information as it comes to hand.
Well done Uralla Shire and community! The choices of individuals (home owners, landlords and businesses) can make a difference as we move along the path to 100% renewable energy.


Z-NET Uralla features in a great article in the Alternative Technology Association’s ReNew magazine, Australia's leading magazine for understanding the application of sustainable technologies. Read about some of the things we and some of the locals are doing to better understand energy use in homes and business.

ReNew is available in paper or electronic versions and at Armidale Library http://renew.org.au/current-issue/

Our community is showing Australia how to get the job done with renewable energy!

Download the article here.



Electricity Actual v Estimated Bills

During the Home and Business Energy Reviews that Z-Net Uralla has been conducting one issue has arisen that we would like to share with the Uralla Community.

With the many changes in Energy providers it is no longer compulsory to do an actual reading of the electricity meter every quarter. They must do at least one per year.

As a result, a number of householders and businesses have been caught out when they have moved into a new property.

1. The estimated bill has been higher than the actual amount based on whoever was in that property previously. In the case of a business you must pay the bill before you can get a credit. This can add a considerable cost to your start-up costs.

2. The estimated bill is lower than the actual usage. This leads to the tenant believing they have their power bills under control until they get their first actual bill and get bill shock. This is especially important to be aware off in the winter months.

You must always check if it says actual or estimated. With some power companies you are able to give them the actual meter reading.

Estimated Bill:

Actual Bill:

If you have any queries please contact us at Z-Net Uralla: 9 Hill St, Uralla

Ph: 0411804627 Facebook: http://facebook.com/ZNetUralla

Download the pdf here.


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  • Phone Number: 0411 804 627

  • Contact Mail: coordinator@zneturalla.org.au

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