A few months ago I was in contact with Dan at Bulb regarding the compatibility of the SMART meters with solar PV. I see that the SMETS2 meters are now proven to work with those of us who have solar PV systems fitted which is good news.
The next hurdle for my location is the range that the remote display will work from the meter itself? My meter is approximately 40 meters from where I’d like the display to be. In between there are two 75cm granite walls and the outbuildings and I am pretty certain that the wi-fi simply won’t ‘reach’.
I used to have an old efergy meter system which on a good day used to work if the remote was pressed up against the Utility Room window. When I fitted the Immersun unit (which I use for diverting exported electricity to the heat store) I had to buy the Immersun booster and install the CT (Current Transformer) at the meter and then run 40+ metres of CAT5 cable to a point on the near side of the outbuildings (where the booster was based) so the Immersun base unit could ‘see it’.
I am pretty confident that if I get a SMETS2 meter fitted I will need a booster so my question is does ‘the industry’ have a solution in hand for this as there will be others in a similar situation?