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UPDATED 17th October 2017    We are aware of an issue that is affecting a number of our customers when trying to access their solar and electricity usage information through their My Account access. An example of this issue is shown below.    There appears to be a 2-5 day delay in the data that some customers are receiving. Our technical teams are investigating this at the moment and we will provide an update here as they unfold.      Thank you for your patience throughout this time, and please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.                                                                         
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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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Solar Command Check is available to eligible customers via My Account.   To be eligible you must: Be an AGL customer Have a solar system installed at your premise but no battery Have a smart meter with a minimum 30+ days of data from that smart meter Not already be a Solar Command user.   When signing up for Solar Command Check you will need to provide details about your solar system size, number of panels and year of installation.   My Account is AGL’s online portal for the management of your energy account – you can view and pay your bill, track energy use and update your details. If you are not already signed up to My Account you can do that here.
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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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Yes – having a digital meter should not prevent you from transferring to another retailer.  If you experience any difficulties, start by contacting your existing retailer.   If you continue to experience transfer issues, the independent Ombudsmen in your State may be able to help. 
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Once AGL has confirmed details of a digital meter installation at your property, a qualified electrical installer will be sent to complete the installation. Sometimes during the process, an issue (commonly called a ‘site defect’) is discovered which prevents the installer from continuing immediately with the job. This could include the discovery of electrical issues or on-site contaminants, like asbestos. If this occurs, the meter installer will provide you with information outlining the site defect, why it prevented installation, who is responsible for rectification works and who you should contact to discuss the matter further.    Note that wiring issues associated with the circuitry in the home, the switchboard and the meter box remain the responsibility of the homeowner. 
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Yes – a digital meter installation can still proceed, however the meter technician will need to test the strength of the telecommunications signal to your property. If the signal is found to be too weak to deliver remote services (such as meter readings) to your home, the wireless communications signal may need to be switched off and alternative arrangements put in place. We’ll discuss these alternative arrangements with you if they’re necessary. 
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If you’re experiencing issues which you think are due to your digital meter, contact us and we’ll investigate.
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Digital meters and their communication networks are equipped with advanced security features that prevent unauthorised access.   The wireless links between digital meters and retailers like AGL are encrypted and can’t be disabled. These links do not use the internet, providing further security.   No customer names or addresses are attached to the transmission of metering data. The meter serial number and National Metering Identifier (NMI) are matched up with customer information only after it has reached the central data station, which is hardened and secured.
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Digital meter data is secure and confidential. AGL and our metering service providers must adhere to tight privacy controls and compliance with the Privacy Act Cth. (1988) and the Australian Privacy Principles, which cover the collection, use, disclosure and storage of personal information.
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Pro-rata billing happens when our energy rates change during your billing cycle. For example, if the new rate begins on day 20 of a 30 day billing cycle, there are 10 pro-rated days on the new rates and 20 pro-rated days on the old rates. To work out your bill, we calculate your daily average energy use for the billing period. From this, we can work out your usage on both old rates and new rates, which are added together to make up your bill.
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No – if AGL has contacted you to offer a digital meter upgrade, you’re not obliged to accept the offer and can continue to use your existing meter if it functions accurately.   Note that from 1 December 2017, if your existing meter is found to be faulty or has reached its typical end-of-life, you must follow your retailer’s instruction and provide safe access for the installation of a digital meter.
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The SIS 11.6 battery has a total useable storage capacity of 9.9 kWh. It’s capable of discharging at a continuous rate of 5kW which is enough to power multiple large appliances in your home. The extra-large SIS 19.4 battery has a total useable storage capacity of 16.5 kWh.
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Yes. If your solar system is not producing enough energy to charge your Sunverge battery, you can power it from the grid. If you wish to have your battery system programmed to charge from the grid, or if you wish to make changes to that program, you will need to make a request through our AGL Customer Services team by phone or email to set up the charging program.
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The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances, however the right battery from AGL can greatly decrease your reliance on energy from the grid. We’ll work with you to determine the best option for your home and tailor a solution that fits.
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 AGL offers a 10 year manufacturer warranty for Sunverge batteries.
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If you already have a solar system, total installation and setup takes approximately 1.5 hours. If you’re having a new solar system installed, it will take approximately 2-3 hours to install your solar system and Solar Command hardware, depending on the complexity of your site including whether it is double story or has limited access.
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We’re gradually moving all of our customers from AGL Energy Online onto the new My Account website. You don’t need to do anything – once you have access to the new My Account website, you’ll see a message when you log in.
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There are two easy and convenient ways for you to pay your energy bill in My Account: Click on the ‘Pay my bill’ button on the ‘Overview’ page; or Go to the ‘Billing’ page and follow the instructions for making a payment.
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If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Knowledge Base FAQs on the AGL Community, why not ask your own question? That way, once we post the answer for you, it’ll be there to help others looking for the same information.   Otherwise, your best bet is to chat with us online, or call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245 – we’ll be happy to help.
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