Has anyone else out there successfully signed up for the Smart Export Guarantee with Bulb without having conventional smart meters supplied by Bulb (or by a previous electricity supplier)? If so, what meters do you have installed to give export readings that Bulb has accepted?
Bulb’s website explicitly states that you can sign up for the SEG if “you have a smart meter or export meter that records your exported energy every half hour” and that “We won’t read your smart meter automatically so you’ll need to send us an export meter reading every 3 months.” “Or” suggests that a smart meter is one alternative, and that the meter doesn’t have to directly provide the export readings to Bulb.
When I had my solar panel and battery storage system installed in September, we made clear to the installer that we needed an export meter capable of giving readings every 30 minutes for the purposes of SEG.
2 meters that can measure exported energy were installed as part of our PV installation: one (Emlite ECA2.nv) has a display that alternates every couple of seconds between import and export readings. Bulb have told me they won’t accept this for the purposes of SEG, and are trying to push me into having a smart meter.
The other says on the front “Fronius smart meter” connected to the inverter (but which doesn’t have a display on the front showing the reading - we instead have to log-in to the Fronius website to obtain the readings. I’d assumed that as it doesn’t display the readings directly, that this might not be enough, but maybe I was wrong.
Grateful for any advice on how to sign up for the SEG without having an unreliable and insecure conventional smart meter installed.