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Feed-In Tariffs

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) provides financial incentives for people and businesses to install renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines. The scheme operates throughout the UK (with the exception of Northern Ireland) and applies to systems up to 5 MW.  It is administered by OFGEM, but individual electricity suppliers are responsible for paying their customers. Tariff levels are index linked for 20 years.

The Feed in Tariff offers the following benefits

  • Customers receive a fixed payment for each kWh they generate regardless of how that electricity is used. This is called the generation tariff and will be available for both on and off-grid installations (see rates tables below).
  • Customers also receive an additional payment per kWh that is exported to the grid (grid connect systems only). This is called the export tariff and currently works out at 4.85 p/kWh.
  • Electricity generated can be utilised within the customer’s own property; this produces greater monetary savings since the electricity used is offset against electricity that would otherwise need to be purchased.

In order to qualify for the Feed-In Tariff, customers must use MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) approved installers and products.  We work with a network of accredited installers nationwide and are happy to recommend someone local if required.  Please contact us for further information.

See: Choosing An Installer

For more details on the Feed-In Tariff scheme please visit: www.fitariffs.co.uk.

Application Process

This is fairly straightforward and is as follows:

  1. Decide which technology is suitable for your home.
  2. Install the system through an MCS certified installer.
  3. They will register your system on the MCS database.
  4. When the system has been installed, notify your energy supplier.
  5. The energy supplier will then check to confirm you are eligible.
  6. Every three months you will need to submit a meter reading to your energy supplier.
  7. You will then receive a payment for the Feed In Tariff at the rate set at date of installation.

Solar PV Tariff Levels

System SizeTariff (p/kWh)
Installed:
  From 01/04/2016 - 30/06/2016:  From 01/07/2016 - 30/09/2016:
Higher Rate:
≤10 kW  4.32 4.25
>10 - 50kW  4.53 4.46
>50 - 250kW  2.38  2.32
>250 - 1000 kW  1.99 1.94
Medium Rate:
≤10 kW  3.89 3.83
>10 - 50kW  4.08 4.01
>50 - 250kW  2.14  2.09
>250 - 1000 kW  1.99 1.94
Lower Rate:
≤250 kW  0.74 0.68
Rate:
>1MW - 5 MW  0.74 0.68
Standalone:
≤5 MW  0.74 0.68

The Higher Rate is payable unless you fit into the criteria of one of the lower rates.

The Medium Rate is payable where:

  • The system owner has a total of 25 FIT-registered PV installations

The Lower Rate is payable where:

  • The system provides power to a building, and
  • The building does not have an EPC certificate showing its energy efficiency in bands A to D

The Standalone rate is payable where:

  • The system is not attached to a building and not wired to provide electricity to an occupied building

Wind Tariff Levels

System SizeTariff (p/kWh)
Installed:
  From 01/04/2016 - 30/06/2016:  From 01/07/2016 - 30/09/2016:
 < 50 kW  8.46 8.39
>50 - 100 kW  7.61 7.61
>100 kW - 1.5 MW  4.89 4.89
>1.5 MW   0.85 0.85

 For a full list of up to date feed in tariff levels visit OFGEM

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