Gavin of Altona has asked whether he needs to tell his energy retailer that he’s getting solar panels installed.

The answer is yes, but B Solar does it for you because there are several documents that need to be completed and submitted on your behalf, for example, a certificate of electrical safety, electrical work request and pv connection forms.

It’s a bit of a process – your paperwork is sent to the energy distributor, which then communicates with your electricity retailer, which then configures your smart meter so that your solar power can be sold back to the grid.