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pauldreed

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Had solar panels fitted today, and was surprised to see that they fitted the isolator switch & a 1 gang consumer unit inside the external meter box.
A short time later, a Meter Plus inspector arrived and went berserk at the sight of 'other equipment' being fitted on the back-board, taking photos & reporting it to his manager.

Is this normal practice to fit solar stuff in the meter box?
 
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finchy

Is the existing CU in the same box ?

We install Two AC isolators one next to the CU whether it be inside the house our external box and the other next to the Inverter along with the DC isolator.
 
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pauldreed

The main CU is in the kitchen.
But do you ever fit a CU and AC isolator in the customers electric box next to the supply meter.
 
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screwdriver

No, as we have all had experience of the meter reader getting stroppy about even a Henley block being fitted to the back board!!! We generally fit the gen meter in the meter cupboard and then run the tails to an externally ip rated consumer unit and ac isolator, assuming it isn't a meter cabinet that is facing onto the pavement!
 
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sedgy34

the meter plus guy was probably crying cause if hes got to fit a new meter theres no room left for him and it would require a spark to get it all to fit and meter plus guy isnt a spark


im guessing the installer has split the tails for the new DB
 
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pauldreed

The back board is my property - not Meter-Plus's, so shouldn't I be the one that say's what goes where??
 
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sedgy34

theres no issue here, meter guy wasnt shown how to install meters with other things in the same box. hes just after an easy life IMO
 
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Guest111

years ago the backboards used to have FOR SUPPLIERS EQUIPMENT ONLY stamped in big black letters on them.
 

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Guess I am in trouble!!!!

Customer insisted that he wanted it all in the same place!
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