UK Solar Panel Grants

Technically the UK government does not give grants for solar panels. However, it does pay you for the energy you produce if you get one installed. This is called the Feed-in tariff.

To qualify for the Feed-in tariff (FiT), your installation must be carried out by an MCS accredited installer.

Use the form at the top of the page to get free no obligation quotes from up to four local MCS accredited installers

This table shows the latest tariff rates:

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 December 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

Do I qualify for feed-in tariff in the UK?

To qualify for the FiT in the UK you must be a UK resident and own the property.

If you rent the property you may be able to get permission from your landlord.

The government will only pay you the Feed-in tariff if your panel is installed by a MCS qualified installer.


How much money do I get from solar panel grants in the UK?

You earn money from the Feed-in tariff in three ways.

One When your solar panels are in use, your electricity is free.

TwoThe FiT pays you 14.9p per kWh for the energy you produce.

Three The FiT pays you 4.64p per kWh for the energy you sell back to the grid because you haven't used it.

Typically the average family home will earn/ save £695 a year.


Is Installing Solar Panels In The UK Worthwhile?

On average a solar panel system costs £6,000-£7,000 to install on a family home.

But while this sounds a lot, the owner will fully recoup this cost within nine to 12 years, making it a worthwhile investment because the FiT payments last 20 years.

Solar PV panels typically give an eight-12% ROI, making them a sound investment.

While the FiT only lasts for 20 years, the panels themselves last much longer meaning you continue to save money from your bills for many years to come.

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