Virtual Tariffs

Virtual tariffs allow you to define your own dynamic tariff model for energy billing. This can be used to distinguish between tenants drawing electricity from a solar installation or from the grid for their own consumption if merging of private energy consumption (tenant electricity) is used.

Requirements

You must purchase a smart-me Professional meter licence to set up virtual tariffs.

Configuration

To configure virtual tariffs:

  1. Log into the smart-me website: https://web.smart-me.com/login/
  2. Click on ‘Configuration’ in the top right-hand corner
  3. Select ‘Create invoice’
  4. Click on ‘Configuration’ (at the top)
  5. Create a property if you have not already done so. You will find more information about setup under smart-me Billing
  6. Select the property on the left. You will now see the configuration page for this property.
  7. You will see all the virtual tariffs that have already been entered under ‘Virtual tariffs’. Click on ‘Add’. Please note that all normal electricity tariffs must be deleted.
  8. Now enter all virtual tariffs

Name: The name of the tariff is also displayed to the user (tenant)

Tariff type

  • Battery tariff: This can be used to charge for battery energy
  • Solar tariff: This can be used to charge for solar installation energy
  • Normal tariff: This is used to charge for grid electricity/This, in turn, can also be divided into high and low tariff times if required

Solar or battery meter

For the solar and battery tariff, you will need to indicate which meter measures the battery or the solar installation. (Battery meter: charging the battery = purchase, recovery = delivery)

Total consumption

With the solar and battery tariff, you will need to indicate a meter that measures all the consumers to whom this energy is to be distributed. This can also be a virtual meter that adds up all consumers.

Price/kWh: The price for this tariff

Valid from: The start date from which this tariff applies

Valid until: The end date for the validity of this tariff

Additional condition

You can define an additional condition indicating when this tariff is to be valid. This can be a time span (e.g. for high/low tariffs) or any other condition. The condition must be defined as an if-then action beforehand.

  • Please note that at least one (normal) tariff must be valid at all times. Otherwise, the consumed energy will not be charged.
  • Once you have defined all the tariffs, you must click on ‘Recalculate’. This will calculate and activate all the virtual tariffs. This process can take several hours.

Visualisation

A new tile is now displayed in the default view of the residence folder. It specifies the meter readings for the virtual tariffs. Clicking on this tile will display the load profile for the virtual tariffs.