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Solar panels disincentivize smart meters for US millions

Up to 1.7 million remote smart-meters have been installed in Denmark to a value of over USD 430 million, but the challenge of how to deal with private solar panel consumers is hindering the use of the smart meters.

Access to smart meters is not a problem for Danish electricity consumers seeking to use power in off-hours to cut money from their electricity bills.

With 1.7 million remote smart meters already installed and a further 1 million on the way in Dong's grid supplier in Copenhagen and the Danish region of North Sealand, Danish electricity consumers are able to take advantage of a smart meter system which bills energy on an hourly basis, meaning they can save money by doing their washing late at night or baking on a windy day when the grid is full of wind power. The model not only saves consumers money, but also means their electricity usage is more environmentally friendly.

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