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Drawing from grid and exporting at same time

Conductor

Can anybody tell me why I show that I am drawing from the grid AND exporting at the same time in the middle of the day. Was changed over to NET metering a couple of months ago.

Seems like a way for AGL to make money, Charge for power at a high cost and give me a lttle money for the export at the same time, when I should be using all my solar and not drawing from the grid.

Please explain???

Or would this just be a technical difficulty the AGL have every day with everything?

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Conductor

I gather nobody from AGL can explain or to busy trying to make the usage site work??

AGL Moderator

Hey quinny,

 

Thank you for reaching out!

 

It sounds like there may be inconsistencies in the data you're seeing, which is definitely worth looking into further! First of all, we'll ask that you ensure that this is actual data that you're seeing, as some customers have been experiencing delays in receiving actual data as of late, and have been provided estimated data in its place.

 

If the data is displaying as actual, I'll ask that you send me a screenshot of this as well as your account details to and we'll be happy to assist where we can!

 

Kind regards,

 

Jayden.

If I’ve helped in anyway, please mark my post as SOLVED!

This helps our Community know the answer to common questions.

Conductor

Reaching out..... I just spent 61 minutes 35 seconds talking to 5 different people at AGL at not one knew what to do, even one said "What do you want us to do about it..." before transferring to someone else and I had to start again. In the end the last person in metering tells me I need to talk to Activestream as they did the job. I phone Activestream 19 min 47sec telling me they cannot do anything without AGL looking at it and to go back there and would not give a job number "they don't do that" so who knows if any of that is on record.

The screen shot will be sent in a moment, hopefully you can do something without passing on again

AGL Moderator

Hey quinny,

 

Sorry about the unhelpful level of service on offer today, this is absolutely not the standard that we strive to provide. Thank you for sending this through! We'll be sure to look into things and be back in touch ASAP.

 

Kind regards,

 

Jayden.

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This helps our Community know the answer to common questions.

Powerhouse

Quinny,

 

I don't know if  you got an answer to the simple question.

 

Your solar power is Generation and you use as much of this as your house is consuming. Any excess is exported to the grid. If your consumption exceeds your generation then you will consume all your generation and then import power from the grid.

 

1.    If you are producing 4kw and using 5kw the net result is that you are IMPORTING 1kw.

 

2.    Producing 4kw and using 3kw you are EXPORTING 1kw.

 

3.    Producing 4kw and using 4kw you are NEUTRAL.

 

If you are looking at your inverter it shows the power it is generating not what you are exporting to the grid. See above items (1,2 and 3) as an example.

 

Cheers

Neil

Switched-on

Can AGL point me to the contractual definition of net metering when the house is connected to 3 phase but the solar inverter is only connected to one phase please.  How is net metering worked out.  If my Airconditioning is consuming 5kw on a different phase to my solar Inverter that is also producing 5kw , am i billed zero or am I billed for 5kw on one phase and a FIT of 5kw on another phase .  

 

I'd like to see the contract that defines how net metering works for AGL and smart meters.

 

 

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Powerhouse

@Palmplex 

 

These are community pages.

If you want a contract definition go to AGL themselves.

 

The answer to your question was in my last post on this posting.

 

What you draw from the grid is metered.

You have three phase plus solar.

 

The solar is connected to one phase. If your consumption on that phase exceeds the output of your solar at any given time it will be classed as consumption.

 

If your Solar output exceeds your consumption then you will export to the grid and get paid for it.

 

The other two phases will only report consumption.

 

If you are using 5kW on each phase you will be charged for 15kW.

If you are generating 5kW, but still using 5kW, on that phase, then export is 0kW and import charge is 0.

 

If on that phase you use 0kW and generate 5kW then you will export 5kW at your FIT payment.

 

Simple!