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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2020, 05:01:29 PM »

If I have had to contact them re readings by phone they have told me how my system has performed compared with what they expect and it normally been about 110%

I've not had anyone round for quite some time to read my meters, they quite often used to turn up. Perhaps this is the new way of them doing it by sending a photo?
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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2020, 05:44:30 PM »

Philx,

Haha.  You are probably one of the first to submit readings that include 'bumper' MAY.  Hopefully by the time the rest of us submit readings, they will 'know' that a quarter including May will be above the average.
I seem to remember hafving to send a photo once, can't remember the circumstances, but the photo had to show the reading and the meter serial number.

Should be straight forward.
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2020, 05:51:58 PM »

Anyway, today is the 23rd.  What is so significant about the date, well it's 7 days before the end of the month/quarter, and I got an email reminding me that my meter reading is due.  I always do my readings on the last day of each quarter.
However, what would be nice is for the cheque for the last quarter (31st March) to actually arrive   fingers crossed!.  I still have to wait 5 days (to the 28th), which is the SECOND date that my cheque should arrive by, so can't chase them yet.

I'm placing a bet with myself that the cheque for the 30th June reading (when I submit it) will arrive before the 31st March cheque (it's only been 12weeks so far). flyingpig
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2020, 06:07:19 PM »

My cheques have just arrived today> Smiley Unfortunately / fortunately both are just above the 500 which is the max that you can deposit online so I have to do it at a branch.

I'm going to be giving them a ring though due to their allocation.

29/12/19 - 31/3/2020    1086units
1/4/2020 - 13/6/2020     864 units (My inverter shows 1228 units)

similar with the other one as well. 
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2020, 09:37:27 PM »

My cheques have just arrived today> Smiley Unfortunately / fortunately both are just above the 500 which is the max that you can deposit online so I have to do it at a branch.

I'm going to be giving them a ring though due to their allocation.

29/12/19 - 31/3/2020    1086units
1/4/2020 - 13/6/2020     864 units (My inverter shows 1228 units)

similar with the other one as well. 
Tinbum, your figures above is exactly why I always provide a reading on the 31st of March, so they can't break the payment into the old and new rates and favour the older rate.  They only did it to me once, and I've never given them the opportunity to do that to me since.
I don't understand your bracketed bit regarding the invertor 'showing' 1228 units, unless you mean that of the total 1950 units, 1228 were generated after 31st March.

My generation over those same periods were 804 and 1500.  Obviously the main difference will be installation size, UK location and orientation, but on average, you should more or less have the same ratio of generation, not the reverse.
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« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2020, 09:57:30 PM »

Yes my inverter figure was for the last 3 months. They did this to me once before and like you I've always sent a reading in at the end of march. Unfortunately with them forgetting  to send a reminder, my mother dying and my wife being very unwell with what I am certain was covid19 in early march,   though testing negative, I forgot.
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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2020, 09:06:35 AM »

Philx,

Haha.  You are probably one of the first to submit readings that include 'bumper' MAY.  Hopefully by the time the rest of us submit readings, they will 'know' that a quarter including May will be above the average.
I seem to remember hafving to send a photo once, can't remember the circumstances, but the photo had to show the reading and the meter serial number.

Should be straight forward.

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Well they accepted the picture of the meter showing the reading so I got paid my dues.    If you're submitting a large reading it could be worth attaching a picture of the export meter with the claim.   
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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2020, 11:46:03 AM »

Well, I've been quiet for the last couple of weeks for good reason.  The 'wait 28 working days' ended on the 26th June.
BUT
the 30th June was the end of my next quarter, so I decided to wait (I've waited 3 months already), until I've submitted my next quarterly reading and see if I get my cheque.
Well, I can confirm today, that I have got my cheque for the quarter ending 30th June 2020.   extrahappy  The usual sort of wait period (a week or so) I have for about 3/4 of my cheques.

Now to chase my cheque for the 31st March again.    banghead Angry banghead
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« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2020, 02:05:28 PM »

Glad to hear they're paying out for you.
I submitted my quarterly FIT reading about 7 days ago, so am waiting to see if and when the cheque plops in through the letterbox.  I've not had any messages to say that my bumper quarterly reading was anomalous, so we'll see.
It really is insane that they insist on sending out physical paper cheques in this day and age.
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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2020, 06:29:41 PM »

I received my cheque on the 7th July after submitting my reading on 31st June, so exactly 7 days as always.

I can't fault BG for the speed of payment but like dan_b, why cant they just pay it direct into my account. fight

Surely it costs them more in bank fees to still use cheques.
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« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2020, 07:32:32 PM »

They took my quarterly figure at face value, but that's probably because everyone submitting after May were showing equally higher generation figures.  If they get the odd production figure that's 'questionable', then they would query it, if everyone is submitting the same higher amount (15% on my case) then they know it's a genuinely higher figure.

Agreed on the method of payment.  I didn't pay too much consideration when I was choosing my FITs utility, but back in 2013, it appeared BG were one of the better ones.  And 80% of the time BG is brilliant, but 5 out of 25 cheques have been over three weeks up to 74 days.  That's not counting my March quarter which is 100 days and counting....
(I won't mention 31 days in June though, dam, I just did!   Grin)
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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2020, 08:16:35 AM »

e.on are spot on these days - submitted my reading on the 4th July and the payment hit my account yesterday. 

Highest ever quarterly payment and the first time the rolling yearly total has exceeded 2000; system was installed Jan 2010 so on the highest tariff.
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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2020, 11:53:10 AM »

My British Gas cheque just came through the post this lunchtime, so all is well.
Unfortunately it means I now have to go to the Post Office to pay it in as that's the cashier service for my online bank. Argh.
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« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2020, 12:07:14 PM »

My British Gas cheque just came through the post this lunchtime, so all is well.
Unfortunately it means I now have to go to the Post Office to pay it in as that's the cashier service for my online bank. Argh.

I put mine in an envelope, with the sort code and account number written on the back and sent it to Santanders clearing center. It was in my account within 4 days.

BG are ignoring me over the allocation of my readings.
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« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2020, 04:50:52 PM »

Yep.  My main bank doesn't do online deposit of cheques.  But my other bank does, but it failed.  It takes an image of the cheque, but for some reason doesn't use the resolution of the camera but something MUCH less, and the date wasn't decipherable so got rejected.  Then when I managed a photo that appeared to show a valid date, it said the cheque had already been deposited - even though I had a letter from the bank telling me it had been rejected.  That left a cash card account, which takes a picture using the camera resolution.  Did that today so just waiting on it clearing or getting rejected.

I thought this 'digital age' was supposed to make life easier for 'US'!
 banghead hysteria Huh
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