FITS payments when meter isn’t working

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  • Reed_Richards
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    QrizB said:
    Strictly speaking, neither you  nor they are following the rules.
    Does the inverter agree exactly with the generation meter, or is it slightly different? I would expect the latter?
    I have never been aware there was another reading, I didn't have a smart meter when I got my panels.
    I didn't and still don't have have a smart meter but I got a generation meter fitted as part of the solar panel installation.  I also have a meter that displays the instantaneous power generation. And in fact another meter that records electricity usage by my ASHP; so with my regular electricty meter that's four meters in total. They're all in my meter cupboard along with the consumer unit; It's getting a bit crowded in there.    
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  • QrizB
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    QrizB said:
    Strictly speaking, neither you  nor they are following the rules.
    Does the inverter agree exactly with the generation meter, or is it slightly different? I would expect the latter?
    I have never been aware there was another reading, I didn't have a smart meter when I got my panels.
    When the guy comes to read my solar meter, he just goes in the loft
    A generation meter is a MCS requirement. See pages 16-17 of this document:
    https://mcscertified.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PV-Book-ELECTRONIC.pdf
    I'm very surprised that you don't have one!
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  • EricMears
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    jimjames said:
    Unfortunately the inverter isn't calibrated as a meter is so cannot be used to record consumption for payments , ours reads lower than the meter 
    I have always used the readings from the inverter to send to Good Energy, sent photos too.
    I don't think you'd have got an MCS certificate unless there was a total generation meter in the circuit !  Is it possible that what you thought was part of the inverter is actually a total generation meter installed very close to inverter and there's no actual display on the inverter itself ?

    FWIW,  my inverter has no display at all - to get its version of output I need (& indeed have) an app that connects to inverter via Bluetooth.  The official TGM is  immediately below the inverter in a cupboard 'on the way' to the CU.
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