Feed In Tariff (FITs)

What is the Feed In Tariff?

FITs are an incentive scheme that pays people for generating their own green electricity. Introduced in April 2010, the tariffs give 3 financial benefits

a) A payment for ALL the electricity you produce, even if you use it yourself.

b) Additional bonus payments for any power you feed back into the grid.

c) A reduction in your standard electricity bill.

The 'Higher rate' is available if the property supplied has an EPC certificate rating A to D, 'Medium rate' is where the system owner has 25 FIT-registered PV installations and the properties supplied have an EPC certificate rating A to D. The 'Lower rate' is applicable if the EPC rating is not in bands A to D.

Feed in Tariff rates (1st January 2017 - 31st March 2017)

Energy Source Scale Tariff (p/kWh)
Solar PV (Higher rate) ≤ 10kW 4.11
Solar PV (Medium rate) ≤ 10kW 3.70
Solar PV (Higher rate) > 10 - 50kW 4.32
Solar PV (Medium rate) > 10 - 50kW 3.89
Solar PV (Higher rate) > 50 - 250kW 1.99
Solar PV (Medium rate) > 50 - 250kW 1.79
Solar PV > 250 - 1MW 1.65
Solar PV Stand-alone 0.74
Hydro ≤ 100kW 7.68
Hydro > 100 - 500kW 7.63
Hydro > 500kW - 2MW 6.11
Hydro ≥ 2MW 4.43
Wind ≤ 100kW 8.26
Wind ≤ 100kW 8.26
Wind > 1.5MW - 5MW 0.83
Export Tariff 4.91

The table of rates prior to those shown in the most current table above are shown here, a full archive will be kept as rates are frequently updated.

Are they guaranteed?

Currently, all the above incentives are guaranteed for 20 years (25 years for PV installed prior to 1st August 2012), except Micro-CHP which is 10 years.

All tariffs are index-linked to the RPI.

Any further details required are available on the FITs website www.fitariffs.co.uk including reference to FITs for installations before 1st August 2012 and proposed FITs when the next reviews have been concluded.

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Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?

The RHI is an incentive which pays you for the renewable heat you generate yourself, which started Spring 2014.

Who is eligible?

RHI will be available to anyone who has installed a heat producing renewable energy system since 15 June 2009.

The system has to have been installed by an MCS accredited installer to qualify.

You will require a Green Deal assessment and must install any of the energy efficiency measures this suggests.

Some households will also be selected at random to provide further information via meter installations for heat pumps or biomass. Agreeing to this if selected is a condition of the scheme – the meters will be installed free of charge, and there is a further annual payment of £230 for heat pumps and £200 for biomass.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rates 1st January 2017 to 31st March 2017

Tariff name Tariff (p / kWh)
Solar Thermal 19.74
Biomass 4.21
Air Source Heat Pump 7.51
Ground Source Heat Pump 19.33

Tariffs are paid quarterly over 7 years (although they account for the expected cost of renewable heat generated over 20 years).

Annual payments are calculated by multiplying the expected heat use by the relevant tariff rate which change in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Current Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rates 1st April 2016 to 30th June 2016

Tariff name Scale Tariff (p / kWh)
Solar Thermal
Solar Thermal < 200kWth 10.28
Solid Biomass; Municipal Solid Waste (incl. CHP)
Small Biomass (Tier 1) < 200kWth 2.95
Small Biomass (Tier 2) < 200kWth 0.78
Medium Biomass (Tier 1) > 200kWth - 1MWth 5.24
Medium Biomass (Tier 2) > 200kWth - 1MWth 2.27
Large Biomass ≥ 1MWth 2.05
Air-source, Ground-source & Water-source heat pumps.
Air Source heat pumps all capacities 2.57
Ground Source heat pumps all capacities (Tier 1) 8.95
Ground Source heat pumps all capacities (Tier 2) 2.67

Any further details required are available on the Ofgem website.

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Renewable Heat Premium Payment

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is no longer applicable.

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