Feed-in Tariff

The Feed-in Tariff will be reduced in 2015. Have your installation before then to maximise the amount you can earn.

The total savings/earning that you will make in the first year will be around £700. In the lifetime of the FiT this will be around £14,000.

Lock in the highest rate of tax free earnings you can have from the Feed-in Tariff by having a solar installation. Complete the form at the top to get started.


Feed in tariff table

**The Feed-in Tariff will be reduced in 2015. Protect yourself now from rising energy bills whilst the FiT payments are still lucrative.

Band (kW)

Generation Tariff between January and March 2014 (p/kWh)
Generation Tariff between April and June 2014 (p/kWh)
Generation Tariff between July and September 2014 (p/kWh)
4 or less
14.9
14.38
14.38
4 - 10
13.5
13.03
13.03
10 - 50
12.57
12.13
12.13
50 - 100
10.71
10.71
10.34
100 - 150
10.71
10.71
10.34
150 - 250
10.25
10.25
9.89
250 - 5,000 (or 5mW)
6.61
6.61
6.38
Stand alone
6.61
6.61
6.38

Solar Tariff Oct - Dec 2014


Band (kW)
Generation Tariff from Oct 2014 (p/kWh)
4 or less
14.38
4 - 10
13.03
10 - 50
12.13
50 - 100
10.34
100 - 150
10.34
150 - 250
9.89
250 - 5000
6.38
Stand alone
6.38
Export Tariff
4.77


The amount of FiT offered to generators of renewable energy varies depending on a number of factors. The size of the installation and the date of installation will influence the amount of money the homeowner can receive.

As can be seen on the table above, the size installation range from 4kW or less to 5mW. The lower amount is generally enough for an average home, while larger systems tend to be for community projects and larger scale solar or wind farms. The smaller the system the more money is offered, due to economies of scale.

The other main factor is the time of installation or the eligibility date. The FiT scheme is reviewed every three months and the tariff is set for the coming period. This alters the rates on offer for those time frames. Generally the FiT applies from the time it is applied for, not necessarily the time the panels were installed. Homeowners also need to ensure they meet Energy Performance Certificate criteria to get the top rates.




How does the Feed-in-Tariff work?



Founder of The Eco Experts Dan Tobin goes through the Feed-in Tariff and how it works


What is the feed-in tariff?

In the UK, the government has agreed to offer those people who install renewable energy systems (such as solar panels or wind turbines) a sum of money for each Kilowatt of energy they produce. This is known as the feed-in-tariff (FiT).

The FiT was first brought in to encourage investment in these types of technologies, while acknowledging the fact that they are expensive to install. Homeowners were more likely to go ahead with the installation if they could be sure of receiving a return on their investment.

The amount of the FiT is varied and changes depending on a number of factors. These include the size of the system installed, what type of renewable energy system it is and whether it was installed by a certified installer. All systems must be properly certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or they will not qualify for the FiT.

In addition to the FiT, homeowners are entitled to receive an export tariff. This is currently 4.64p for each unit of electricity which is sold back to the grid. Savings will also be made on general energy bills – adding to the attractiveness of these systems




Changes to the feed-in tariff

The rate is linked to the Retail Price Index, meaning that it goes up and down depending on the price of the technology. In 2013, the way this was applied changed. This means that installations made between November 2012 and March 2013 will have their tariff changed in April 2014. After this the schedule for change will mean that tariff changes will be made in the April following the eligibility date unless they are installed between January and the end of March, in which case they will wait until the following year. These changes allow for inflation during the investment year.

It has also been announced this year that the FiT period starting in May ran until 1 July rather than August to bring it in line with other scheme quarters.

During 2013 there has been a large drop off in the number of installations, possibly due to the uncertainty in the market during the early part of the year. It is hoped that the industry will bounce back from this due to the stable FiT during the latter part of the year.

Due to these slow uptakes, the rate for July 1 has now been set at 3.5% lower than the previous three month period at 14.90p for domestic installations and 11.1p for 50kW installations (these have stayed the same). This is due to the government automatic digression model which states that even if rates of installation to trigger a fall have not been reached, rates will fall by 3.5% after nine months, regardless. It is hoped that this will control any possible boom and bust.

"The Feed in Tariff mechanism remains a very good mechanism. It has been accepted by trade and even with the degression it has opened up the possibility of domestic solar installation with stability for many.”

Paul Barwell, Solar Trade Association Chairman (19.07.13)

What is grid parity

One of the main drawbacks for renewable energy sources is the cost of installation, the price of the technology and the amount of time it takes to recoup the investment. The FiT was introduced to mitigate against these factors and to make the investment more attractive. In time it is hoped that solar and wind technology will become so cheap and efficient that it will achieve what is called grid parity with fossil fuels.

Grid parity means that the costs of using and producing renewable energy are at least the same or less than that of fossil fuels. This has many benefits, not least the fact that it will encourage the take-up of renewable energy which will drive down the cost further, lower carbon emissions and it should reduce the chances of energy shortages in the future.

If you are interested in completing a Solar installation, complete the form at the top of the page and receive free, no obligation quotes to compare from local MCS accredited installers in your area.
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