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Feed-in Tariff
(Clean Energy Cashback) Scheme

If you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source such as solar PV or wind turbine, the government's Feed-In Tariff scheme (FIT) could mean you get money from your energy supplier.

You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid. And of course you'll also save money on your electricity bill, because you'll be using your own electricity.

About the scheme

Most domestic technologies (and larger systems up to 5 megawatts) qualify for the scheme, including:

It is energy suppliers that will pay you the FITs payments with the 'big six' energy suppliers required by law to provide these payments. Some smaller electricity suppliers may not offer FITs payments as it is not compulsory for them though many have opted to offer the payments.

The tariffs available and the process for getting them depend on when the technology was installed, and whether the system and the installer were certificated under the Microgeneration Certification scheme.

If you are eligible to receive FITs you will benefit in three ways:

A typical domestic solar electricity system with an installation size of 3kWp could earn:

to give a total saving of around £670 per year.

Registering for FITs

Once your chosen installer has installed your generating technology, take these steps to register for FIT:

  1. Ask your installer to register you on the central MCS database. The installer will then send you a certificate confirming MCS compliance.
  2. Tell your chosen FIT supplier that you wish to register for the FIT and send them a completed application form along with the MCS certificate and the Energy Performance Certificate that shows your home has an energy efficiency rating band D or better (applicable to solar PV only from 1st April 2012 although the UK Government is consulting on whether to include this requirement for wind turbines and microCHP too).

Your FIT supplier will:

UK Government changes to Feed-in Tariffs – new and proposed

After a period of uncertainty, the reduced FIT for solar PV systems came into effect on the 3rd March (and not the 12th December 2011 as the UK Government had originally intended). The UK Government is now proposing that FITs for solar PV should be reduced again from the 1st July 2012 and that the rates for other renewable energy technologies (apart from micro-CHP) should be reduced (or stay the same) with effect from 1st October 2012. Further information about these proposed changes is given below.

Most recent update (23rd March 2012)

The Supreme Court has rejected the UK government’s Feed-in Tariffs solar appeal which affected those people who installed solar PV between 12th December 2011 and 2nd March 2012.

As this process is now complete, it has now been confirmed that those who applied to receive Feed-in Tariffs for solar PV between those dates will receive the 43.3p/kWh rate* for the duration of the tariff (25 years).

A summary of solar PV tariffs for systems under 4kW and eligibility dates can be found below:

Eligibility Date (as defined by the date the application is made for FITs) Tariff Rate
12th December – 2nd March 2012 43.3p/kWh
3rd March – 31st March 2012 43.3p/kWh over that period only and then 21p/kWh from 1st April 2012
1st April 2012 – 1st July 2012 21p/kWh, plus new requirement to show property has an EPC Band D or above. The rate will be 9p/kWh if the property is not an EPC band D on the date the application for FITs is made.
1 July 2012 onwards 16.5p/kWh – 13.6p/kWh (tbc). Rates will depend upon the total installed capacity between 3rd March and 30th April 2012. This is only a proposal and is still under consultation.

* Note that from 1st April 2012 the 43.3p/kWh rate will increase to 45.4p/kWh as a result of index linking; the other rates will remain the same. For more information, please visit the DECC website.

UK Government current FIT consultations

On the 9th February 2012 the UK Government published

Proposed changes to the FIT which may affect householders most from 1st July 2012 are:

Consultation on proposed to changes to FIT rates for renewable electric technologies other than solar PV from 1st October 2012

The Government are consulting on changes to the FIT rates for renewable electric technologies other than solar PV from 1st October 2012 as follows:

TechnologyTariff band (kW capacity)Current tariffs (no change to current policy)Proposed tariffs from October 2012
Hydro ≤15 22.0p/kWh 21.0p/kWh
>15 to ≤100 19.7 19.7
>100 to ≤2000 12.1 12.1
>2000 to ≤5000 4.9 4.5
Wind ≤1.5 35.9 21.0
>1.5 to ≤15 28.1 21.0
>15 to ≤100 25.4 21.0
>100 to ≤500 20.7 17.5
>500 to ≤1500 10.4 9.5
>1500 to ≤5000 4.9 4.5
Anaerobic Digestion ≤250 14.7 14.7
>250 to ≤500 13.7 13.7
>500 to ≤5000 9.9 9.0
Micro-CHP ≤2 kW 11.0 12.5

These tariff levels are indicative only. Official tariff rates for 2012/13 will be calculated and published by Ofgem by 1st March 2012. The Government is also consulting on whether the new requirement for an EPC Band D or better which is being introduced for solar PV installations from 1st April 2012 should be applied to other technologies supported through the FIT. They state that “We proposed to revisit this question in the future, in the light of emerging policy on energy efficiency and the Green Deal.”

FAQs, further information and tools

The Energy Saving Trust has developed a Solar Energy Calculator which includes the newly proposed rates of 21p/kWh. This calculator will let you see how much you could generate and earn both before and after the proposed changes. For renewable energy technologies that are eligible for FITs other than solar PV you should use their cashback calculator.

Source: The Energy Saving Trust.