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We have been using our Indra/Ovo/Kaluza smart charger for 4 months now. We also have solar panels, so we use Solar Matching mode to allow the charger to drop to a low current so we don’t take power from the grid when the sun is out. The Smart+ app gives useful info, and I can view and download csv files of historical car charging data if I want to. What the app doesn’t tell me is how it is balancing loads, and doesn’t give me control over the charging rate, apart from the ability to ‘Boost’ which overrides the smart charging and takes electricity at the standard rate. With historical data, from the charger and my smart meter, I could probably find out a few more statistics, but it isn’t straightforward. I would like to be able to control my immersion heater as well from the system - I already have a logic level input to a solid state switch which can turn the immersion heater on and off - just need access to the APIs associated with the smart charger to find out what it is doing, and
OVO are suggesting renewals for Gas/Electricity in a month or so costing over 3 times as much as current, unless I go for variable rate which is only twice as much. Nowhere can I see the Smart Charging rate - does anyone have info on how much that might increase from the present 5p/Kwh ?
Wonder if anyone can help. My SSE in-home display has decided to stop working and is no longer recognising/connecting to my smart meter.I have B. Gas one as well which is working fine, the meter is still being read daily by OVO and have ruled out wifi issues being the case.Looking at the OVO site it appears to be possible to get a free replacement but once again trying to get hold of Cust Service either on chat or on the phone is like pulling teeth.Is there any easier way to speak to someone, or get hold of a replacement IHD at all?Thanks.
Hi. I subscribed to OVO drive + anytime three days ago. All appears to be active and linked to my Ohme home pro charger but, even though the car is plugged in and schedules set, my car hasn’t charged since the activation. The Ohme app seems very pleased to tell me I’ve saved £32.00 though. I’ve just tied overriding the Ohme app to switch to max charging and left it like that for an hour or so but the car app is still saying charging error, no power. I’d be grateful for any help please.
Hello againOn this seemingly never-ending journey of off-boarding from the V2G trial, I seem to have hit yet another roadblock, and I wonder what people think about it, and how to progress. So, the Indra V2G charger is legally mine, I have that in writing from OVO. But now Indra say they have been approached to stop updating V2G chargers to V2H. In their words: “To be able to transfer to V2H we require you to gain and provide permission from OVO. “ and “OVO have formally asked Indra to stop transferring ex Sciurus participants. Anyone that has already committed will be completed. We'll need written permission from OVO to move you over to V2H.”OVO support said: “I think there is some confusion being caused off the back of a Kaluza advisory to Indra regarding the V2H trial.We don't want to prevent ex-trialists like yourself from switching or utilising the V2G charger in different ways.However, the Kaluza team have flagged that agreements need to be reached with Indra before any further e
I am a V2G exporter and I have just had a note from OVO explaining what happens when my electricity/gas contract comes to an end in 60 days time. The renewal offers are eye watering and the cost of electricity is actually higher than the export rate paid for V2G. This means that if I leave my Kaluza controlled charger connected, not only will my electricity price double and gas price triple… the standing charge is also going up too and every kWh that I export will loose me more money!Making a decision about the future is complicated for me as it involves a charger I do not know how to control, a third party company (Kaluzza) who have the ability to control it and the main part of OVO who do not seem to know anything about the V2G project, or reflect it in anything they do (other than the final bill each month) and the various Apps and algorithms which are going to try and control information to spin it to their liking and thus manage what I do…. Needless to say, i will not be playing t
[img]https://uploads-eu-west-1.insided.com/ovo-en/attachment/5c13d456-ba85-45c7-9810-eebe85632f96.jpg[/img] During the summer months batteries are great however little electricity is used during this period, From the end of October my battery received little charge and remains totally discharged through December and January probably be little change during February. Food for thought Statement for electric during July £9 , December £109. After renovating a small Bungalow Gas was disconnected sourcing my heating via infrared heaters , all in all pleased with the set up . To improve the system there need to be a alternative to charge the batteries during the short dank days of winter . Apart from a wind turbine would accept any further advice on topping up batteries.
Had problem of in summer exporting spare electric. Sometimes house load was more than solar output so had to buy day time and over night electric. Have just had Powerwall 2 fitted.My summer usage has dropped to £0.02 day. Finding that I can charge my EV car free also.If needed powerwall 2 can charge from grid at any time of day or night. Helps grid and cut my electric cost but at £9800 fitted my take time to pay for its self. The most important thing to me allowing me to cut my carbon output. So do we need fossil fuels, just south facing roof and British sunshine. Sorry title should be “ Get more from solar bank” Stupid forum wont let me change it😥
We have just had an air source heat pump installed. I am concerned about the insulation and found your forum very helpful. 10m of pipe work from ASHP to house. 13mm insulation. See photos. Would be interested in your opinion. Thank you
Hi all I had Solar bank and have now added Tesla Powerwall 2. The two provide more solar power than I can use in summer. My usage from grid has dropped zero. I also have all electric car that is also run only by solar in summer. The Battery allows me to buy electricity from grid at any time or day or night. Do Ovo energy sell cheap spare electricity. Winter time I will only have to charge battery for 4 hours to run house. Octopus energy have tariff called GO that give you 4 hours at £0.075 kwh for people with EV cars. I also understand that the grid in winter time has over supply of wind energy. Tesla do tariff for powerwall owner’s sell at £0.12 kwh and buy in at £0.12 kwh via Octopus energy. Do Ovo energy have tariff to fit my needs.
I've been considering getting solar PV installed but I'm now wondering if the money would be better spent on batteries. I want to reduce carbon and also save money. We use between 30 and 50 kWh per day in winter (depending on the weather and if we charge the car). This will reduce in summer but our water heating is still electric. Solar PV - our roof isn't ideal for panels. We're in the South East and might manage to fit 3.5kW facing ESE. There is some shading so we will have the extra cost of optimised panels. Batteries - if we just had a battery we could charge at low rates and use the electricity during the day. A simple setup would use a tariff such as Octopus Go to charge at a fixed time overnight. A more sophisticated setup would link to Octopus Agile to decide the best time to charge. I should add that we currently have a time shifting heating system as part of a trial. This charges heat batteries during low demand periods. The system has some problems so it's possible that we'l
@Jess_OVO I came across this free apprenticeship https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/launching-the-ovo-tech-academyHowever the link to apply take you to a page where it says it is a paid course? The Apply today link, links to this pagehttps://apply.makers.tech/ovo.01Are applications still open and is there link to a correct application page? Might be useful for a friend.
Updated on 10/05/22 by Jess_OVOOne of our community members has detailed some of the certification needed when exporting energy to the national grid. It’s worth mentioning here that these certifications are subject to changes so we’d recommend getting in touch with your local Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to check the current requirements. The regional Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) must be contacted when permission is required for certain higher-power devices which import or export electricity. These include PV Solar Panels, Home Battery Storage, Wind Turbines, Electric Vehicle chargers and Heat pumps. Export :G98 (was G83); a single device which exports no more than 16A per phase (3.68kW) to the Distribution Grid.G99 Fast Track; required for sites where two or more export devices are installed, but only one exports to the Grid. The other device(s) therefore have G100 accreditation (see below).G99 Full; required for sites where more than one device can export to the Grid
Well after months of trying its drawn a blank. I am upset that my OVO journey and V2G comes to a end here, after 2 years of supporting the community and running various online groups I feel penalised because I DONT HAVE GAS?Whats the connection ? well I cannot switch to OVO drive and as such I am penalised with a whopping increase in my tariff from 14p to 19p !!! increasing my EV charging costs by around £400 a year !!!! understandably I am a little annoyed, but I also feel that this should be mentioned and not swept under the carpet, I feel that because I live RURAL and do not actually have Access to GAS that I am not allowed to join any beneficial tariff and indeed have to “ pay through the nose “ while almost all other companies such as OCTOPUS EON EDF to mention a few ALL offer dynamic EV tariff to me on a single fuel contract. BAD SHOW from OVO “ sustainability and environmental impact “ are not the driving factors here as its a Clear case of money and share holders very disappoi
Why doesn't the online account Direct Debit recommendation factor in my Vehicle to Grid (V2G) export payments?
So it seems that OVO still cannot calculate direct debit correctly for costumers on the V2G scheme, and they now want to increase mine to an insane amount. This problem has been going on for three years, but the price rise has made it worse. What can I do about that? Chat is not working, phones are busy (are they ever not busy?). So I guess I have to write a letter? Can I cancel the direct debit?
Updated on 13/04/22 by Jess_OVO SEG - Smart Export Guarantee - Your FAQs What is the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)? The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) gives micro-generators (such as homes with solar panels) the chance to earn money for every kWh of energy they export to the national grid. This replaces the Feed in Tariff (FIT), which was closed to new applicants in 2019. The key difference between the FIT scheme and SEG that generator are only paid for the energy they export on SEG rather than the energy they generate as well, as they were with FIT. Who can sign up to the SEG tariff? Generators (or homeowners) who own one of the following technology systems; anaerobic digestion, hydro, micro-combined heat and power (with an electrical capacity of 50kW or less), onshore wind, and solar photovoltaic exporters with up to 5MW. In order to apply for SEG you mustn’t be receiving FIT export payments, however your FIT generation payments can be continued if even if your export payments are rel
We have a 12 panel array which is feeding into our Pylontech US3000 battery. On a good day like today our battery is 90% full the panels are producing 2.97kwh. As our usage is low at this time, 2pm, the energy produced by the panels is being fed into the grid. we are just about to go onto a new tariff paying 44p/kwh A new Pylontech US5000 battery will cost £1400. Is an additional battery worth investing in? Not sure how to work it out. We are currently producing between 1/3 and ½ of our daily usage This obviously goes down considerably in winter months between 1-3kWh depending on the weather.All our hot water at this time of year is coming from the panels via a solar iboost to an immersion heater Summary, half our production on a sunny day is being fed to the grid. What can I do? How many batteries would I need.
HelloWe’ve had a 3.7kw solar pv set up on our roof for 8 years, we’re in East Sussex. We were lucky enough to come in on the tail end of the feed-in tariff, so it has almost paid for itself. We don’t have a Smart Meter so our export is assumed to be 50% for the tariff, we know we don’t export that much as we also run our business from this building so we’re always here. We’ve had a 100% Electric car for 4 years (Leaf), and this summer we had a Heat Pump installed as part of the OVO trial. We don’t yet know how our bills will look this winter without gas, we have a multi fuel burner as back-up. We didn’t have a water tank with our gas boiler so didn’t have an iBoost-type gizmo fitted, which means our excess solar does not currently heat our water. So… battery storage. Our mission for this house is to future proof it so far as possible, and get the running costs down as low as we can. Our local installers have had issues trying to get Tesla batteries, there seems to be a waiting list.
Does OVO supply a type of In Home Display unit for smart meters which also shows generation from solar panels? Where can I find user and installation instructions? I want to know if there is a meaningful comparison of electricity usage vs generation (including setting FiT rates), and I want to know how it connects e.g. to inverter’s wifi or current clamp onto solar wire.
Hi,our V2G system has been fully functioning for a year, so I thought it might be useful to share our experiences. We have quite a lot of green tech installed – first solar, then a Leaf (mainly to access the V2G trial), and this winter an ASHP. It seemed like the right thing to do for the environment, but I had nagging doubts that we might be shooting ourselves in the foot financially, in terms of running costs, maintenance & deterioration. But having gone through all our bills for the last 12 months, it is working out to be very cheap to run the house & car, when the V2G credit is included. Long may it continue!Leaf battery deterioration with V2GIt’s a 62 kWh Leaf bought 31 Jan 2020. So it’s about 2 years 2 months old. It has done 20500 miles. About half the mileage is tootling around town. The other half is tootling on motorways (I usually tuck in behind trucks or coaches to maximise range). We mostly charge at home with only an occasional fast charge on the motorway.Leaf Spy
Well here is your chance.… Opened by a ChargedEv engineer in front of me (I didn't ask) while i finally have my replacement unit. @Transparent , @Blastoise186 thought you may in partuculat be interested. And yes, he left it opend like this in the rain too...
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