The concept behind prepayment meters is simple - instead of paying after you have used your electricity, you pay before you use it.
Prepayment meters are usually installed by the electricity suppliers if the customer can not keep up payments on their energy bill. However, they can also be requested by the customer themselves - and are often seen as a good method of budgeting.
EDZ installed a prepayment electricity system in June 2005. The project main objectives is to test the system efficiency and viability in Lebanon.
The system is distinguished by a full closed loop interoperation between its components. The customer buys energy, receives a token, enters the token into his meter and the actual consumption of the meter is fed back to the server station through the hand held unit that reads the meter and transfer the data back to the server to complete the loop.
The system main functions are:
The implementation of a prepayment electricity system would provide the following benefits: