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Getting set-up with solar  Once your solar panels have been successfully installed on your roof, your meter will need to be updated. This is to make sure you’re getting credited through your solar feed-in tariff.    Installing your new meter  Having solar panels means you’re now able to send power back to the grid and be credited for the power you supply. In order to measure this power, you’ll need to have your meter upgraded. Sometimes, the solar panel installation company will arrange for you, however not always.  If you haven’t had a new meter installed yet, contact our Solar New Connections team on 1800 680 430 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-6pm AEST).    When will I receive my solar feed-in credits?  You’ll receive credits for the power you supply to the grid only after your meter has been installed and we’ve received relevant documentation from your installation company. If your solar panels have been installed but you’re not receiving credits, we may still be waiting for documentation from your installation company. To find out more, contact our Solar New Connections team on 1800 680 430 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-6pm AEST).    How much will I receive?   The feed-in tariff rate you’ll be getting will differ from state to state and depend on which plan you’re on. You can find out more about our plans on our Solar and Renewables page.   You’ll be able to see your tariff by viewing your contract in My Account.    Tracking your solar power  After you’ve got your meter set up, you’ll be able to see how much power your system is sending back to the grid through the AGL Energy app or My Account. It takes about 2 weeks to get this up and running on our end – so you may not be able to access this info immediately.   While we can provide you with solar insights and statistics about usage, we’re unable to access information from your solar panels directly.    Getting the most out of your solar system  Now that you’ve taken the steps to get solar installed, you’re probably wondering how you can make the most out of it.     Use your power: While your system will automatically sell excess power back to the grid through your solar feed-in tariff, it usually works out better to use your power. For appliances you’d normally run in the afternoon or evening, like a washing machine or dishwasher, run them during the day if you can. This way you’ll be using the power generated from your solar panels instead of sending it the grid and then buying back more power later.   Of course, if you have a home battery system, you’ll be able to save the power for later use anyway.    Stagger your consumption: Instead of putting on your washing machine, dishwasher and dryer, at the same time, stagger the cycles. Most modern appliances have timing functions so you’re able to set the dishwasher to begin when your washing machine has finished etc. This will minimise the power draw and enable you to use the power from your panels throughout the day instead of buying extra power from the grid when you run them at the same time.    Keep track: Using a PV (photovoltaic) tracking app will allow you to stay on top of the performance of your panels throughout the day and compare against its history. Usually, the solar inverter brand or company will be able to recommend the best way to track activity. You’re also able to use the AGL Energy app and My Account to monitor any power that’s sent to the grid.    More information  If you’d like more information on solar or our solar plans, you can find out more on our Solar and Renewables page. 
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Solar Command Check is a daily update, based on your home’s smart meter data for the previous 30 days. It tells you when your system is producing solar energy or if we think there might be a problem. To do this, we estimate your solar energy production, and then compare it against expected production for a system of your size, age, location. We can then provide an indication of its performance. This is only an estimate due to the limited amount of information we have about your system.   We are no longer offering Solar Command to new customers. For existing Solar Command users, Solar Command is a real-time solar monitoring service. It remotely monitors your system’s energy production and household energy usage, calculates your estimated savings, shows how much solar or grid energy you’ve used, and provides this all via a personalised dashboard. If you subscribe to Solar Command, AGL installs a device on your switchboard to read and record the data required to provide you with this insight. Log in to Solar Command here.
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We all know renewable energy is the way forward. And if you want to do your bit for the environment as well as your wallet, talking to AGL about installing solar could be the answer, because of many benefits.   How does solar energy work?    Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels (PV panels), convert sunlight into energy. This energy is then converted into electricity using an inverter. The electricity either powers your home energy needs or can be fed back into the grid.   How solar can reduce your energy bills   Installing solar energy can help reduce your energy bills in two key ways:   You’re generating power yourself, therefore you’re reducing the amount of power you need to buy off the grid. You could be entitled to a tariff for any excess power you sell back to the grid.   The key environmental benefits of solar   AGL uses solar panels which are high quality, efficient and long lasting.   Any energy used to manufacture or install the system is typically paid back many times over with the energy it produces over its lifetime.   And, once installed, solar energy does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions.   The costs of solar energy   There is an initial outlay to install solar energy (either electricity or hot water). However, you may find these establishment costs are covered by the savings you make over time in energy costs.   If you pay for the solar system upfront, you can start saving immediately. If you don’t have the finances to pay upfront, AGL offers flexible finance to make it easier to enjoy solar.   And, depending on where you live, if you feed excess electricity back into the grid you could be entitled to a credit.   There are also government incentives available for installing renewable energy like solar, including the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).   AGL is Australia’s largest non-government owner and operator of renewable energy assets. And when it comes to solar energy we don’t believe one size fits all. We provide expert advice and tailor solar solutions specifically for you that take into account your particular property, energy usage and your budget.   Visit our solar energy page to find out how we can tailor a solar solution for your property or to enquire about a free quote. Or, you can always call us on 1300 377 118.    
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Solar Command Check is a daily solar health check, based on your home’s smart meter data for the previous 30 days. It lets you know if your system is producing solar energy or if we think there might be a problem via the presentation of two status: Green or Amber.   Green means your panels are producing solar energy and Amber indicates there could be a problem with your system. In both instances we provide support and guidance about how to maintain your system to maximise your investment or advice on how to resolve any problems.
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When considering whether a solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind.   Do you have enough room to store a battery? Batteries come in a variety of sizes and weights – choosing the right storage capacity might be influenced by the physical size and weight of the battery itself.   Can you install a battery inside or outside? Batteries can generally be installed either indoors in a non-habitable area or outdoors out of direct sunlight. Whether you can install a battery inside or outside varies depending on the brand and model.
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We are no longer offering Solar Command subscriptions to new residential or commercial solar customers. To monitor any power that’s sent to the grid, you are able to use the AGL Energy app and My Account.   For existing Solar Command customers (residential and commercial): We installed a physical device on your switchboard, that enables us to monitor your solar system as part of the Solar Command subscription.
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When selecting a solar battery, you may want to consider:   Whether your solar energy production and household energy usage is suitable Whether your home is right for a battery. In order to maximise savings from a battery, you will need to have enough excess solar to charge the battery each day and enough energy usage to discharge it each day. When considering which solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind:   Can you install a battery on the wall or floor? Can you install a battery indoors or outdoors at your home? If outdoor, do you have a suitable area with adequate shade or covering? Do you have enough space to install a battery? Batteries need enough wall space for mounting the hardware. They also need to be separated from habitable areas, windows and doors. Your AGL installer will determine the locations suitable for a battery system during site inspection. If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price.
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Installing a solar power system can result in a significant reduction of overall bill amounts.   A solar power system harnesses energy from sunlight via solar panels on the roof and converts it into electricity. Generating electricity in this way is considered environmentally friendly as it produces no direct greenhouse gas emissions.   With a net metered solar power system, the electricity that is generated is used by the home or business, and any excess electricity (where the solar power system is generating more than is being used in the home or business at any point in time) is fed back into the electricity grid.   With a gross metered solar power system, all the electricity that is generated is fed back into the electricity grid.   Customers with either a net or gross metered solar power system are paid for the excess electricity that is fed back into the grid in the form of Solar Feed-in credit on their electricity bills.   So a net metered solar power system reduces the amount of electricity that homes and businesses need to buy for use during the day. Plus, the Feed-in Credits for solar electricity not used by the home or business and fed into the grid helps off-set the cost of electricity that is purchased from the grid.   With a gross metered solar power system all the solar electricity generated is fed into the grid, for which the home or business will receive Feed-in Credits, but all the electricity used by the home or business is drawn from the grid and paid for under the customer’s energy plan.   Solar Feed-in tariffs, which are used to calculate Solar Feed-in bill credits, differ from State to State and may depend on when a Solar Feed-in agreement was entered into and the type of metering that is set up.   The amount of any solar Feed-in Credits received will depend on geographical location, the size of the solar power system installed and, in the case of net metered systems, the energy usage of the home or business at the time the solar power system is generating electricity.   Installing a solar power system reduces the size of electricity bills, and can significantly do so depending on size of the particular system installed. For more information about solar power systems, please visit AGL Solar or call the AGL Solar team on 1300 274 165.
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The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances.   If you choose to include backup power in your purchase, the AGL installer will work with you to identify which parts of your home can be powered from the battery during a power failure.   It is normal to have some lights and some essential appliances powered from backup power. Batteries cannot supply power required for large appliances like ovens and big air conditioners.
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We are no longer offering Solar Command subscriptions to new residential or commercial solar customers. To monitor any power that’s sent to the grid, you are able to use the AGL Energy app and My Account.   For existing Solar Command customers (residential and commercial): Solar Command required us to attach a physical device to your meter board, so we’re able to monitor your solar system as part of AGL’s Solar Command subscription. You’re still able to monitor your usage in our digital monitoring portal.
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An amber status means your system is producing a lot less solar energy than we expected and there may be a problem with your system. There could be several reasons for this, so we’ve provided this useful guide with steps to identify and resolve any faults.   Once a fault is resolved, you may still see the amber status for up to 30 days as your data continues to be processed.
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By 2050, if not sooner. You can read the announcement from 2015 on our website.
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The LG Chem RESU10H can only be installed in a location that is fully protected from direct sunlight. The preferred location is in a garage or car port. A qualified electrician will conduct an AGL site inspection to assess suitable battery installation locations and assess your site to determine where your LG Chem RESU battery can be safely wall mounted.
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For existing Solar Command customers (residential and commercial): Solar Command will send you an automatic fault alert if your system has turned off or is no longer communicating. Speak to an AGL Solar Command expert to help get your system back up and running: Residential customers: 1300 377 118 Commercial customers: 1300 356 363.
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To calculate your solar status we take into account your system details (system size, number of panels and year of installation) and your net import and export energy data from your home’s smart meter for the last 30 days. We then continuously run this data through patented algorithms and other reference data sets to provide you with an estimate of how your system has been performing for the last 30 days in comparison to what we expected.
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We’re no longer offering Solar Command subscriptions to our residential and commercial solar customers.   For existing Solar Command customers (residential and commercial): Currently, this service will continue to be provided to you as a “value add”.
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Small yet smart ways for using less gas and electricity around the home can help you become more energy efficient, and we’ve got plenty online for you to check out here.
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We’re no longer offering Solar Command subscriptions to our residential or commercial solar customers.   For existing Solar Command customers (residential and commercial): No. We have fitted Solar Command devices to both AGL and non-AGL solar systems.
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AGL has committed to get out of coal fired generation , starting in 2022 and ending by 2050.   We already run one of Australia’s largest solar plant and wind farm and we’ve started a fund that will invest in approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable generation for everyone.   Here are some helpful resources:    The 2019 Annual Report  The Data Centre AGL's sustainable commitments.
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Tesla Powerwall 2 is a next generation, rechargeable, 13.5kWh, advanced lithium-ion battery. It has a fully integrated inverter that enables the storage of energy from your solar system (that would normally be exported to the grid) to be used at times when you and the grid need it, like at night or in the event of a grid power outage.  The Powerwall 2 also offers the option of backup power to parts of the home.
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