In short, the answer is yes. As part of recent government regulations, every home that gets a new Solar PV System installed needs a new digital meter to be installed in their meter box. Although you may already have a current smart meter installed at your property, it would still need to be changed or altered to accomodate for a bi-directional digital meter.
The reason for this is that your existing electricity meter is not programmed to perform the functions of picking up your Solar energy production from your new Solar panel system, and may need to either be replaced, or simply re-programmed by your electricity retailer.
This meter will allow live data to be sent back to the grid as well as your electricity retailer, providing data on your electricity consumption, solar PV system production as well as the amount of kW’s you export back into the grid.
Once your Solar panel system is installed, your electricity retailer will come out and install your new Solar net meter in your meter box, most retailers do this free of charge to the customer and usually within 27 days after your new Solar PV system has been commissioned.
As part of our promise to deliver the highest quality customer service in the Solar industry, at Red Giant Solar, we look after all applications and paperwork to the grid on your behalf. After your Solar panels have been installed, our applications team then liaise with your electricity retailer to ensure they come out and have your new Solar net meter fitted at the earliest.
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