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with Matt Cottrill
BY law when you have a solar power system
installed, you need to make an application with
SA Power Networks to have an import-export
meter fitted to your home or business.
This meter replaces your existing digital or
analogue meter and is capable of calculating the
amount of power consumed from the grid as
well as the power you export back to the grid.
Most professional solar power companies will
make this application on your behalf.
It is important to note you only sell power back
to the grid when you are generating more solar
power than the amount of power you are actually
using in your home or business at that time.
For example, if you had no electrical devices on
in your home at all and your solar power system
was generating 3kW of power, you would export
3kW back to the grid.
But if you ran a 1000w (1kW) vacuum cleaner
you would only export 2kW back to the grid.
Even if you don't export any solar power back to
the grid because your usage exceeds your
generation capability, you are still benefiting by
making your own power rather than buying it
from the grid.
Your import-export meter displays three
readings. Reading 3 (R3 or O3 on most meters)
displays the main tariff imported (power you
have bought). Reading 7 (R7 or O7 on most
meters) displays your off-peak or J tariff power
consumed (if installed). The R9 (O9 in some
cases) displays the surplus solar energy
exported to the grid.
What is an import-
LOCHIEL'S Tavia Rankin
has collected 214 bras to
send to women in less for-
Miss Rankin put the call
out in May for women to
donate their unwanted
bras, in good condition, for
the Uplift organisation.
"The bra drive ran for
longer than intended as
women everywhere I went
would ask me if I was still
collecting bras," Miss
"The generous ladies of
Yorke Peninsula touched
my heart and provided
funny, heart-warming and
emotional stories as their
motivations for donating.
"A huge thank you to
everyone who donated
bras, they are greatly appre-
ciated by Uplift and the
women who benefit from
"Thank you to the boys
in the bottle shop at the
Royal Exchange Hotel in
Kadina for being a depot
BRA-LLIANT CAUSE... Lochiel's Tavia Rankin has collected 214 bras
to send to women in less fortunate countries.
MEMBERS of the Maitland and
Districts Garden Club held their
Christmas party at Wauraltee
This very old building has
been restored in recent times and
members of the club attended
popular dances at this dwelling
many years ago.
The hall was decorated for
Christmas and there was even a
tree; Christmas lunch was a deli-
ciously-prepared hot meal
cooked and provided by the
Wauraltee Hall members group.
The meeting included
prizes, a visit from Father
Christmas and presents for all.
It was an enjoyable day for
The next meeting and AGM
will be on Monday, February 11,
at 10am in the Maitland Museum
room. This will also involve
preparations for the club's display
at the Maitland Show on March
13.Thank you to members who
supplied and helped with the
plant stall on a very hot day
Hint for the month: To colour
white agapanthus blooms and
make them look stripey, use a
small, deep container. Put one
teaspoon of food colouring to
eight tablespoons of hot water in
the container. Cut the agapan-
thus blooms and put in water for
30 minutes. Then put in the con-
tainer and cut the stems under
the coloured water using sharp
pointy scissors. Leave for a few
hours to colour blooms, take out
and arrange in a suitable vase.
Happy gardening for 2013!
Maitland gardeners party at Wauraltee
LIFE MEMBERS... Returned and Services League Kadina sub-
branch life members John Garnett and Garry Brown with presi-
dent Les Maynard and treasurer Len Betterman.
Uniting Church Parish,
Triangle, again delivered
two Christmas programs
for families doing it tough.
Brenda Cross and Judith
Operation Santa in con-
junction with Target
Kadina with 220 gifts, each
containing three separately
wrapped items, donated in
time for Christmas.
The gifts were delivered
by UnitingCare Wesley
Country SA to clients
around the Copper Coast
and some gifts went to chil-
dren in Balaklava.
Kylie Mildwaters again
organised Christmas ham-
pers as part of the second
In 2012, 99 hampers
went to families in the local
area and as far away as
Peterborough. Support for
this program comes from
local businesses, the
Masonic Lodge and the
congregations of the
Uniting Church delivers Christmas cheer
CHRISTMAS CHEER... Volunteer Judith Barker, UnitingCare Wesley's Julie Savage and volun-
teer Brenda Cross load Christmas gifts ready for delivery to children in disadvantaged circum-
Kadina RSL awards
GARRY Brown was awarded life
membership of the Returned and
Services League Kadina sub-branch at
its December meeting.
Mr Brown is a past president of the
sub-branch, which received confir-
mation he met criteria for the honour
after his nomination had been
assessed by the state branch and
He is now a life member of the
Kadina sub-branch, the Port Clinton
sub-branch and the National
It is the second time in as many
years Kadina RSL has awarded life
membership; current secretary
John Garnett received the award in
Mr Brown and Mr Garnett join
past president Don Richards as the
only life members of the sub-branch.
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