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How can I use my new smart meters to show the export reading for my Solar PV panels?

  • 30 September 2021
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My new meter, installed Monday, does not seem to show solar PV generation or export, and the old solar meter is still in place. Is this normal?

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Best answer by sylm_2000 30 September 2021, 17:43

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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on that one, @PhilHollington.

 

Unfortunately as discussed on this related topic, there’s not currently the option to check your readings (either import or export) using your accompanying In-Home Display - this is mainly for checking your day-to-day usage.

 

In order to check the export reading, you’ll need to look at the LCD screen itself - by pressing the ‘A’ button on an Aclara S2 meter you’ll be able to scroll through a variety of screens one of which will be labelled the export reading. 

 

Let us know how you get on taking the reading - we’d love to hear how you’re getting on with your new smart meters!

Thanks. And yes, I meant my generation meter. Is there any way to show the overall import/export readings on my display unit?

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Great question to ask about your new smart meters, @PhilHollington.

 

They should indeed be keeping track of the amount of energy that your solar panels are exporting to the grid - there’s some advice on how to check this export reading on this topic:

 

 

By your old solar meter, do you mean your generation meter? As I believe this still tracks a separate generation reading (which you’d need to submit if you are receiving the Feed-In Tariff).

 

I’m not the expert in all things solar, but we do have some PV owners in our midst here who might be able to help more - @EverythingNeedsAUserName@sylm_2000@PeterR1947@Transparent - Am I right in thinking a Smart meter won’t replace a solar generation meter? :sunny:

 

You’re right. Solar generation meter will continue to report for the two elements of micro generation. Smart meter will the show overall import/export.

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Great question to ask about your new smart meters, @PhilHollington.

 

They should indeed be keeping track of the amount of energy that your solar panels are exporting to the grid - there’s some advice on how to check this export reading on this topic:

 

 

By your old solar meter, do you mean your generation meter? As I believe this still tracks a separate generation reading (which you’d need to submit if you are receiving the Feed-In Tariff).

 

I’m not the expert in all things solar, but we do have some PV owners in our midst here who might be able to help more - @EverythingNeedsAUserName, @sylm_2000, @PeterR1947, @Transparent - Am I right in thinking a Smart meter won’t replace a solar generation meter? :sunny:

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