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Under FITs, householders receive payments for the electricity generated by eligible installed systems like solar PV, wind or hydro turbines, or micro CHP.
See below for information about the scheme closure and other potential financial incentives.
The information on this page may be helpful to:
Full details of the consultations and BEIS’ response can be found in the government response
Please note that the information on this page is not an exhaustive list of all the criteria of the Feed-In Tariffs scheme.
Although the Feed-In Tariff scheme has now closed the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on a ‘Smart Export Guarantee’. This put forward the proposal that government should require suppliers to pay small-scale low-carbon generators for the electricity they export to the grid.
The consultation closed on 5 March 2019 and the response has yet to be published. This page will be updated when new information is available.
In the interim some energy suppliers are offering similar deals to the proposed Smart Export Guarantee, paying customers set tariffs for electricity they export to the grid. Deals are specific to each household and could involve your generation and supply being metered. Deals may also be time limited and have other conditions which you should consider carefully in order to make the best choice for you.
The Solar Trade Association website lists the current deals available.
If you are based in Scotland and haven’t yet installed a solar PV system, you may be able to apply for the interest-free Home Energy Scotland loan to help with the initial costs. To be eligible for the loan you must not start work on your system until you have received a written loan offer.
The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) made the policy decisions about the FITs scheme and are the relevant contact for queries about legislation.
The energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve administers the scheme.
Certain energy suppliers (also known as FITs licensees) handle FITs scheme applications and make FITs payments. If you have a query about an existing application you can contact Ofgem or your FITs Licensee. Ofgem have a list of FITs Licensees contact details on their site.
Householders installing domestic systems (solar PV and wind under 50kW and all micro CHP systems) that wish to apply to the scheme must:
Successful applicants to the FITs scheme benefit in three ways:
The FITs scheme included most domestic renewable and low carbon electricity-generating technologies, including:
To qualify for the FITs scheme, the installer and products used must both be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), except hydro and anaerobic digestion which go through the ROO-FIT process. The tariffs will depend on both the eligibility date and, for solar PV, the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
There are two application routes.
The MCS route is for PV or wind installations with a declared net capacity (DNC) of 50kW or less and micro CHP installations with a total installed capacity (TIC) of 2kW or less. This will cover most applications. Both the product and installers must be MCS-certified with an MCS certificate which is dated on, or before 31 March 2019.
We recommend that contacting your FIT supplier (also known as the FIT licensee) as soon as possible to confirm the requirements and make sure you know exactly what information they require from you and when they need to receive it by.
If you installed solar PV you will be required to provide an EPC of your property, proving that you achieved a band D or above (before the installationof the PV panels) in order to be eligible for the higher tariff rate. If not, you will receive the lower FITs generation tariff.
If you have installed and commissioned a system (with a MCS certificate dated on or before 31 March) you should tell your chosen FIT licensee that you wish to register for FITs and send them:
Your FITs licensee will:
The ROO-FIT accreditation process is for all other applications. Guidance on this process can be found on Ofgem's website.
Read details of the latest and historical export tariff rates in the publications on Ofgem's websiteVisit Ofgem
Read more details on FITs from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).Visit BEIS
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