Summary of Solar PV Feed-In Tariffs

The Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) scheme is a UK Government scheme designed to encourage uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies. Under the FITs scheme, you will be paid for the electricity you generate if you install or have installed an eligible system like solar PV.

Feed-In Tariff rates

Description1st April to 30 June 20161st July to 30th Sept 2016Export tariff
Up to 10kWHigher rate 4.32p/kWh
Lower rate 0.74p/kWh
Higher rate 4.25p/kWh
Lower rate 0.68p/kWh
10kW to 50kWHigher rate 4.53p/kWh
Lower rate 0.74p/kWh
Higher rate 4.46p/kWh
Lower rate 0.68p/kWh
50kW to 250kWHigher rate 2.38p/kWh
Lower rate 0.74p/kWh
Higher rate 2.32p/kWh
Lower rate 0.68p/kWh

You will be required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property proving that you have achieved a band D or above in order to be eligible for the higher tariff rate, the EPC must be dated before the commissioning date of your solar PV system. If the EPC is dated on or after the commissioning date of your PV system you will receive the lower rate tariff.

How the scheme works

All large energy suppliers are required by law to handle FITs scheme applications and will make the FITs payments, smaller energy suppliers are not required to handle FITs but many opt into the scheme.  Visit OFGEM for the full list of FITs licensees.

Once your system has been installed and commissioned by a MCS registered installer, using MCS approved products, tell your chosen FIT licensee that you wish to register for FITs and send them:

  • a completed application form,
  • the MCS certificate,
  • the Energy Performance Certificate that shows your home has an energy efficiency rating band D or better, dated before the MCS certificate ,in order to be eligible for the higher rate.

Once you are receiving FIT payments, you will receive payments for 20 years and the rate you get will change in line with inflation in accordance with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Returns from Feed-in-Tariffs

There are four ways in which you will benefit from your solar PV system:

  • Generation tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a set rate for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate. Once your system has been registered, the tariff levels are guaranteed for the period of the tariff (up to 20 years) and are index-linked.
  • Export tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a further rate for each unit you export back to the electricity grid, so you can sell any electricity you generate but don’t use yourself. At some stage smart meters will be installed to measure what you export, but until then it is estimated as being 50 per cent of your total generation.
  • Energy bill savings: you will be making savings on your electricity bills because generating electricity to power your appliances means you don’t have to buy as much electricity from your energy supplier. The amount you save will vary depending how much of the electricity you use on site.
  • Peace of mind: most importantly you are helping with the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels.


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