Feed in Tariff (FIT)
What is the feed-in-tariff?
The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) is a government scheme that provides a tax free income which was designed to promote the uptake of small scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies. The Feed in Tariff scheme was introduced in April 2010 that replaced the older style grants the UK government used to offer to encourage renewable electricity generating technologies such as solar systems and wind turbines.
To date, the incentive has helped inspire 916,823 installs across the United Kingdom ranging from below 1kW up to over 25MW which has had an impactful contribution to the government’s target of generating 15% of UK electricity demand via renewable energy sources by the year 2020.
The Feed in Tariff was governed by the Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) up to July 2016 where it then merged in to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) whilst the energy regulator Ofgem manages the scheme.
The Feed in Tariff payments are paid to you by your electricity supplier, the top 6 energy suppliers are required by law to provide the FIT scheme however the smaller suppliers have no obligation to offer the scheme. If your current electricity supplier does not offer FIT payments then you are enabled to register with another supplier. As part of our service at Solar Living we will assist with your FIT paperwork.
The FIT payments are based on how many units (kWh) your system generates or exports and they also increase in line with inflation each year with the payments being guaranteed for 20 years which offers installers of solar systems a great investment opportunity as well as making a saving on your electricity bill! Although the FIT is guaranteed for twenty years, the earlier you have the installation installed, the greater the benefit to yourself.
Our experienced team will be able to assist in creating a forecast that is based on the current tariff rates as well as looking at your energy bills to include the savings to demonstrate how well the Solar PV system works which will give you an estimated payback period.
The Generation Tariff
The first part of the FIT is the Generation Tariff. This part of the scheme is made up of every single unit (kWh) your solar system generates, whether you use it or not.
The tariff level you receive from the government is determined by the size of the system. The larger the system, the lower the tariff you will receive, however you will generate more units of electricity to be paid for. We will be able to look at what size system you can fit or what you are able to afford within your set budget.
The Export Tariff
You will get a further amount paid to you from your energy supplier for each unit you export back to the National Grid. Depending on the size of the system you select, the export tariff is based on 50% of the electricity you generation; if you have a system over 30kW then you will require an export meter to be fitted which measures exactly what you use and send back to the grid.
The electricity that your Solar PV system produces will feed directly into your premises so it can be used on the electrical equipment during daylight hours, any surplus energy that is not required at the time will be directed into the National Grid. By generating your own power to your property, this means that you won’t need to purchase as much from your energy bills which will therefore slash your energy bills.
With electricity prices continuing to rise, many of our clients who already have their solar installed are seeing the benefit of having a reduced energy bill. By using accurate software such as PVSOL and the experience and product knowledge our team has, we will be able to provide a detailed quotation that includes the energy savings for your property.
Is my system eligible for the Feed in Tariff?
There are certain requirements that your Solar PV System must meet to claim the FIT. At Solar Living, we ensure that all of the criteria are met before we proceed.
Firstly, you should find out if the companies that you are interested in are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified, this is a scheme that looks at the installer and accredits us. Our accreditation number is ELC54262.
Secondly, the solar panels that you install also need to be MCS accredited, most panels are accredited in the UK but you should double check with the installer that they are MCS approved and new (not second hand).
How do I register to the scheme?
At Solar Living we make registering to receive the payments simple. We confirm with you who your electricity supplier is and will complete the paperwork with yourselves so you understand what they are asking as we complete it.
With the paperwork we will register the installation with the MCS and you will receive an MCS certificate from us which has the system details on.
Once we send the application form into your electricity supplier with the necessary documentation, they will check the installation against the MCS database and add you to the Ofgem Central FIT register whilst also letting you know when you are required to supply them with a meter reading and giving you your payment dates.