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Feed In Tariffs

The Feed-in Tariff, effective from 1st April 2012*, operates by offering a price premium for the electricity generated by small-scale renewable technologies. The mechanism has been successful in many European states and is to be adopted by the UK government to help meet their aim of sourcing around 30% of all electricity use from renewables by 2020. An outline of the tariff is as follows:

  • The Feed-in tariff will be paid to you for every unit of electricity displayed on your ‘total generation meter’ (regardless of whether the electricity is exported or used on site). The rate from 1st October 2017 until 31st December 2017 will be 4.00p/kWh for retrofit systems under 10kWp, 4.22p/ kWh for large systems (10-50kWp), and 1.89p/kWh for both systems between 50kWp + 250kWp.
  • This rate of payment will be fixed for 20 years.
  • Quarterley degressions will also still remain and there is now a queuing system in place, meaning that if a particular cap is reached then all new installations will be placed in a queue for when the next cap opens. .
  • Any electricity generated by the PV system that is used by you will offset the domestic electricity price that you would usually pay (typically 14-18p/kWh)
  • Any electricity generated by the technology that is exported to the national grid will be eligible for an additional payment per unit. The proposed level for this export is 5.03p/kWh.
  • The solar PV export tariff applies to the proportion of clean energy that is exported (i.e. sold via the national grid mains connection for others to use) and is set at a buy price of 5.03p per kWh The export rate is guaranteed for 20 years and also index linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI).
  • As many residential properties are not yet installed with ‘smart meters’ which are able to measure the amount of solar power that is exported, export tariff payments in these situations are based on the assumption that 50% of a solar PV systems power generation will be exported. Solar PV systems of over 30kWp in size are automatically provided with a ‘smart’ meter that measures the real amount of power that is exported.


The next scheduled degression will be 1 January 2018.