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Best power supplier in CHCH ?

Just Installed a solar system, we want to change from Genesis as our Monitoring system shows that they charge 150% of the kwh we used. So need a new company and a new "smart meter", Any suggestions ? ...
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16 Jun 18 01:14 PM - By Hadley
16 Jun '18 01:14 PM
By Hadley
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Evacuated Tubes for Hot Water

Hi All I've been a lurker on the forum, gathering info from all the really interesting posts, but had a question that I wanted to post as can't quite get an answer. We're building in Christchurch, and will have a 5 ...
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02 Jun 18 11:53 PM - By Solar Mike
02 Jun '18 11:53 PM
By Solar Mike
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3 Phase Meter Only Exporting on One Phase

Hi, I'm new to this forum and joined so I could ask a question. Is our 3 phase meter setup wrong? We have 2 phases supplying our house and a 3 phase import/export meter (obviously one phase is not connected). ...
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10 May 18 11:38 AM - By MartyM
10 May '18 11:38 AM
By MartyM
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Trustpower Solar Buddies - Find A Buddy

Looking to sell your excess solar power/or purchase solar power via Trustpower's Solar Buddy scheme? Put a post up to express your interest with what you are willing to sell power for, or the price you'd like to pay for ...
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03 May 18 02:56 PM - By SolarKristy
03 May '18 02:56 PM
By SolarKristy
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Considering Solar Power for Residential

Hi guys, New to installing a solar system for my house. I was considering some installers and was forwarded this article from ZEN Energy. https://www.zenenergy.co.nz/solar-power-for-residential-use/ I thought they made some good points, was wondering if anyone else had any tips like this consider ...
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28 Apr 18 11:22 PM - By Burn_the_paddock
28 Apr '18 11:22 PM
By Burn_the_paddock
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12V Fridge / Freezer

Hi everyone, I have been looking around for a 12v fridge / freezer. All I have been able to find is brand new ones an trade me, was wondering if anyone is selling them second hand or knows where to find ...
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18 Feb 18 02:36 PM - By Nectarbomb
18 Feb '18 02:36 PM
By Nectarbomb
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Solar query

I have a 250litre HJ Cooper, Duplex, Stainless Steel, electric, "solar ready" mains pressure, hot water cylinder that is currently connected to a wetback. I would like to connect an evacuated tube solar collector to this cylinder and I'm also considering ...
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02 Feb 18 10:10 AM - By Steve Milgate
02 Feb '18 10:10 AM
By Steve Milgate
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Desuperheater Water Heater

Hi Everyone, A desuperheater is known as a secondary heat exchanger device that transfers heat efficiently from the earth in the winter season and from your house in the summer, into your domestic hot water tank. Desuperheaters are crucial components used in ...
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18 Jan 18 07:04 PM - By payalnene
18 Jan '18 07:04 PM
By payalnene
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Meridian meter stealing from me??

Hi, I have a solar system connected to meridian using one of vectors smart meter. the old meter would stop when my solar generation exceeded the usage, making a credit on the second meter that was connected for exporting. However the new ...
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11 Dec 17 01:43 PM - By Peter_H
11 Dec '17 01:43 PM
By Peter_H
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All in one

I'm basically after an emergency backup power solution. Really only 1kwhours to 2kwhours. I'd like however to have maximal input to said system, in order to have some input generation during winter. I don't want to spend ten thousand plus, ...
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06 Oct 17 12:31 AM - By Drael6464
06 Oct '17 12:31 AM
By Drael6464
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The Whole Problem with Solar PV

For years i've been trying to get around this problem with going solar PV. This past month living in Christchurch i'm convinced the power companies are raking it in. After recent dumps of rain, the spot prices of power have ...
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21 Sep 17 10:12 AM - By SBQ
21 Sep '17 10:12 AM
By SBQ
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Solar Power in Auckland

Hi there, I'm a student at Otago Polytechnic and currently working on a project stated as: "Solar powering Auckland". The mentioned link is a questionnaire (annonymous) that would require your honest feedback which in turn would enable me to conduct an analysis ...
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09 May 17 04:32 PM - By Bobby Sethi
09 May '17 04:32 PM
By Bobby Sethi
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Assessing solar system size

Morning all, Question for those who have taken the solar leap - how did you establish the size of your solar system (kW) prior to installation? Was this based upon fundamentals (daily load profile), monthly power bill, guidance from an electrician or ...
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05 May 17 11:55 AM - By dmulally
05 May '17 11:55 AM
By dmulally
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Solar For Pool Heating?

Has anyone here had success with heating their pool with Solar? I am looking for cheaper alternatives to heat my pool and solar seems to be a good idea. As a side point, does anyone have a good company I can ...
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07 Apr 17 10:49 AM - By andymontop01
07 Apr '17 10:49 AM
By andymontop01
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New Ecobob Forum

Hi All, I have just created this new forum. Solar Power has been a really popular topic on Ecobob, so I have created a new space specifically for solar related questions and feedback. Kind regards, Kristy ...
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12 Mar 17 10:48 AM - By rahim
12 Mar '17 10:48 AM
By rahim
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Panels on southeast roof worthwhile?

We were only able to get 8 panels on northwest and 2 on northwest. It's not really enough. I'm considering if it's worthwhile adding 4 to the southeast or not. 20 degree roof will get sun ...
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22 Jan 17 03:26 PM - By AlCan
22 Jan '17 03:26 PM
By AlCan
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Summer/Winter difference

We use a lot of electricity with a pool pump operating 6+ hours during the summer and underfloor heating in winter via heat pump and water pipes in concrete floor. A PHEV hybrid electric SUV. We recently took the plunge ...
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15 Dec 16 02:06 AM - By Ross L
15 Dec '16 02:06 AM
By Ross L
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Another Meridian Tariff Change

OK, now Meridian tell me they are switching to 8c buy-back all year round - has anyone run the numbers? I'm now totally confused. The letter of course sounds like they're giving us the biggest present ever - ...
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12 Dec 16 01:22 PM - By SolarKristy
12 Dec '16 01:22 PM
By SolarKristy
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Another Meridian Tariff Change

OK, now Meridian tell me they are switching to 8c buy-back all year round - has anyone run the numbers? I'm now totally confused. The letter of course sounds like they're giving us the biggest present ever - ...
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05 Oct 16 03:30 PM - By Maxim
05 Oct '16 03:30 PM
By Maxim
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Which Power retailer?

Hi all, Need some advice. We just got solar installed (2.65kW) at home and I am not sure who the best Power provider is. We are currently with Genesis who have a 5.45cents buy back but also get a dual ...
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30 Sep 16 02:29 PM - By Alfie
30 Sep '16 02:29 PM
By Alfie
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Batteries and DOD

Hi So what happens to your batteries after they have been discharged past their normal DOD? Not just once but lets say after 10 years of use? Do they just die and not hold any charge anymore or do they just not hold ...
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27 Jul 16 08:33 PM - By rd400f
27 Jul '16 08:33 PM
By rd400f
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PV Off Grid Micro Inverters to Power Your Hot Water Element

CyboInverter in the USA have released an on\off grid micro DC to AC inverter that allows 4 solar panels to feed directly to your HWC element, via the standart thermostat etc. Strings of these inverters can be plugged together to ...
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25 Jul 16 01:30 PM - By rd400f
25 Jul '16 01:30 PM
By rd400f
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New to Solar

Hello, Im new to solar and we are currently looking at building a 11x4m bach but have no access to power. Im wondering if someone could point me in the right direction or a place to start? We are only ...
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17 Oct 17 10:36 AM - By SolarKristy
17 Oct '17 10:36 AM
By SolarKristy
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Reconditioning batteries

I just got a property and in it i have a little house that i'm trying to make self sustainable. I want it to be completely off-grid. At least in terms of power. I'm using 2 solar panels and a wind ...
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