It's about time we all started to take responsibility for the impact we have on our surroundings and our environment. Below you can find answers to some of the common questions people have regarding Feed In Tariffs.

Q. What Is The Feed-in Tariff?

A. The feed-in tariff scheme is a new environmental programme introduced by the government to promote the widespread uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.

Q. Who Can Claim The Tariffs?

A. Anybody with an eligible Photovoltaic System that was installed on or after 15th July 2009. 

Q. How Do I Claim The Tariffs

A. The scheme can be applied for online, please refer to the two options below.

Applications for accredition will follow one of two routes:

1. Customers using renewable technologies equal to or less than 50kW which are wind, solar PV, or hydro based will need to ensure their units are accredited by MCS.

2. All installations that are eligible and are between 50kW and 5MW in capacity (and anaerobic digestion units of any size up to 5MW) will need to apply to Ofgen accreditation. 

Q. How Much Will I Recieve From The Tariffs

A. For customers exporting power to the national grid the tariff has been set at 4.64p/KWh.

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Getting Paid For Generating Solar Electricity

Also known as the clean energy cash back scheme the feed in tariff is a government scheme to encourage and reward homeowners financially for generating clean renewable electricity. Under the scheme you are paid a tax free tariff for every unit of electricity you generate from renewable sources for 20 years, meaning that the cost of investment will be recovered.

The Feed In Tariff benefits you in 3 ways;

Generation Tariff: a set rate (currently 14.90 pence) paid for each unit (kWh) of electricity generated. Once you join you will continue on the same tariff for 20 years. Tariffs for new generators will be reviewed annually from march 2012. Any new tariff will be gaurenteed for 20 years from date of installation.

Export Tariff: you will recieve an extra 4.64p per kWh for every unit you export back to the electricity grid.

Savings On current bills: as you are generating your own electricity you will not be buying as much from your energy supplier.

An Example of how the tariff works

A 4kWh solar PV system* would generate approximately 3400 kWh per year. Assuming 50% (1700kWh) of the electricity generated is exported to the supplier, and the supplier's tariff is 14p per unit:

Generation Tariff = 14.90p x 3400 = £506.60

Export Tariff = 1700 x 4.64p = £78.88

Units Used (Import costs saved) = 1700 x 14p = £238

Total Annual Benefit = £823.48
(not taking into account future energy price rises).