The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) is a Government-backed scheme that pays people who create their own electricity (with solar panels or wind turbine). It became available in the UK on 1 April 2010 as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies such as small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
You can be paid for the electricity that you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity that you export to the grid. You will save money on your electricity bill because you’ll be using your own electricity.
However, anybody who wished to benefit from the Feed-in tariff should have done so before the end of 2015, as the Government severely reduced the tariff by 87% from 1 January 2016.
How it works
You will receive a set amount of money for each unit (kilowatt hour or kWh) of electricity that you generate. The rates are subject to change and vary depending on:
- the size of your system
- the technology that you used to install
- when your technology was installed
- who installed the technology – you will need to use a certified installer
If you want more information, your installer or installation company or an electricity supplier will have all of the up-to-date and current information.
Or, you can visit the Energy Saving Trust official page on the Feed-in Tariff scheme to find out how.
How much will I receive?
For solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with a total installed capacity of 10kW or less, installed between 1 April 2017 – June 30 2017:
- 4.14 [higher]
- 3.73 [middle]
- 0.48 [lower]
Higher, Middle and Lower tariff rates in brief:
Higher tariff rate will be applied if an EPC of level D or above is achieved before commissioning.
Middle tariff rate will be applied if an EPC of level D or above has been achieved but the Generator owns 25 or more installations.
Lower tariff rate will be applied if an EPC of level D or above is not achieved before commissioning.
For full information on the requirements of solar PV installation click here.
How much could I earn over time
Use the Energy Saving Trust calculator to estimate how much you could earn using the FiTs scheme and selling unused energy back.