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How to read a smart meter with solar panels

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May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Thank you, that was super helpful. My meter’s slightly different but similar enough that I get what’s happening there now.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Small Correction needed, At various times you mean the draw is being displayed and you say kilowatt hours, "draw" or more precisely power, also called "demand ", is measured in kilowatts not kilowatt hours. KW is a measure of power, kWh is a measure of energy.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

What does up arrow mean?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for posting this video. In your description you mention during idle you were using 550 watts. Please explain the exact formula you used to figure that. Thanks again.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

I don't have any of those codes only a code that reads (nEE). WHAT DOES THAT MEAN

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Just had a Powerwall battery and separate grid tied PV panels installed in SCE territory – exactly the video I needed to understand my meter. I’ve also spent some time with the SCE power rates. Looks like the PV and battery goal should be to minimize your use of peak power (and maybe mid- and off-peak) but not to put net power on the grid (as measured monthly or annually, not daily). SCE will only reimburse you at about 1/4 to 1/3 their peak rate, which is even less than their off-peak rate.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for this informative video!

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Any idea what it means if the meter says "no sync" and "no reg"?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Very informative video. Thanks!

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

I have 3 meters which one am I suppose to read to get the correct readings you show in you video?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

thanks for clarifying for me,
btw like you coffee from Guatemala, i live near Antigua 😉

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Are all smart meters 2 way? If I backfeed (w grid tie inverter) will my smart meter work?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

My meter reads old 232 instead of old 252. What does 232 mean?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Well done and very useful information.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

My meter just keeps flashing "DEL" with a 4 digit number and "REC" with a bunch of 0's. I can't find out what these mean anywhere.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

yeah you can see how the company is stealing from you they make you sick and spying on us wake up

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Hello sir.i am working on a university project on grid tied pv inverter with net metering.can you help me on this for the programming of net metering in assembly or c language.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

you are awesome , great accent

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

How can one tell how much the panels have produced? Like you mention, part of the production is consumed by the running equipments in the house, such as refrigerators, and excess is sent to the grid. This does tell how much is actually produced by the panels. What is the display under the inverter? Thank you for your video. It is informative.

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May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

literally showed me everyting i needed and + more. ide give you two thumbs up but youtube only limits it to one 🙁

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

work goes much faster with Avasva plans.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

didn't Con Ed claim that we can these meters can be read online in our Dashboard page or something?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

If you have a grid tie and inverter and solar panels&batteries, can you send back electricity to the power grid if you have a standard smart meter that everyone else has, or does it have to be a specific kind of smart meter?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

It was 'difficult' to find this particular video on youtube. All of the others did not cover the readings, and what they mean. They were mostly about the radiation coming from the meters. I needed to know what the smart meter was saying because the readout on my 6000W Sonny Boy stopped having an LED readout years ago, and I neglected to repair it. It is the same Sonny Boy as the one in your video. I have the manual but it does not specifically indicate that the LED panel is 'fused'. Removal of the cover is no big deal if all of the circuit breakers are off. I plan to clean the fans shortly and will be removing them. Any advice on this on the LED issue would be appreciated. Some are being sold on EBay. If the LED readout panel is obsolete, not  replaceable, is there any way to broadcast the LED readings to my computer? I have 39 PV panels facing south, installed in 2008.Thank you for your great youtube video.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

We just had a solar system installed, but the numbers on my meter are 14 and 24 rather than the 71 and 01 that you show. Can you tell me the difference?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

If you like to make your own energy you should go to Avasva

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

i have a question. i had a smart meter installed 2-3 years ago. if i want to go solar, does the meter need to be chaged or can it just be programmed? are all smart meters two way?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for posting. Helps with training others.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Greetings,

Question: In my net meter is showing the following:

Company = Duke Energy State=Florida
First, a bunch of numbers ( I know this one from your video)
Then, it says no sync
Then shows the code 00 = 4038 arrow pointing from right to left ( production send to the grid) I GUESS
Then end with code 01 = 1780 arrow pointing from right to left ( production send to the grid) I GUESS

Can you educate me on the subject?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Very informative, I just got my two way meter installed. It helped me to understand. Thanks

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

That was very helpful, thank you!

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Hi, and thanks… I'm trying to understand the cumulative value… When does it accumulate from and when does it reset?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

NOT THE METER BUT THE READING ON THE SOLAR PANEL THAT IS BACK OF THE MOBILE HOME PARK.  SO HOW DO WE READ OURS ON OUR MOBILE HOMES?

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

very informative video. However I still haven't found information I'm looking for my meter starts at 001 and goes up one numeral at a time, by time it got 018 I went back in the house.

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

The instantaneous readings are not kwh but kw. You can reference the display, in bottom right hand side under the value, it reads kw. Good job!

May 30, 2020 at 6:29 pm

I am sure you can still buy handbook with all info you need on INPLIX. Just google it.

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