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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prepaid Meters - Can you "reverse feed", ie feed into the grid?

As a result of an article in the Ghana News, I thought I should write a response which is also applicable in South Africa.

Buying prepaid meters might be short sighted as once the people of Ghana decide to install electrical renewable energy, they may find that their meters go forwards (instead of backwards) when they are reverse feeding (ie supplying) the grid with electricity. The ECG should check if their prepaid meters allow tamper proof bidirectional electricity and that they measure both consumption and production. In South Africa, almost all people with prepaid meters are prevented from supplying the grid with electricity and in this writer's opinion, this is short sighted.

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