Find out how the feed-in tariff works, the rates of the feed-in tariff, and the amount of money you can earn if you are already signed up for the programme. In addition, acquire knowledge regarding the new Smart Export Guarantee for the installation of new solar panels. Find out how the feed-in tariff works, the rates of the feed-in tariff, and the amount of money you can earn if you are already signed up for the programme. In addition, acquire knowledge regarding the new Smart Export Guarantee for the installation of new solar panels.

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Find out how the feed-in tariff works, the rates of the feed-in tariff, and the amount of money you can earn if you are already signed up for the programme. In addition, acquire knowledge regarding the new Smart Export Guarantee for the installation of new solar panels. About 80,000 households are compensated through the feed-in tariff (FIT) for the generation of renewable electricity, most commonly from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. In March of 2019, it ceased accepting new applicants.

Could you please explain the feed-in tariff?

The feed-in tariff (FIT) programme provided financial incentives in the form of cash payments to private residences that generated their own electricity through the use of renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic panels or wind turbines. At the end of March 2019, the programme was no longer accepting applications from new participants. If you are already receiving FIT payments, this will not have any effect on you.

The payments are guaranteed by the government, and the cost of the assurance is covered by a tax that is added to the energy bills of all consumers. Find out more about the Smart Export Guarantee for solar panels instead of installing solar panels right now if you are interested in doing so. They can be paid out over a period of up to 20 years (or 25 years if you joined before August 2012) and are typically distributed every three months.

They are exempt from taxation. Only renewable forms of electricity are eligible for feed-in tariffs. Heat-generating technologies such as solar water heating, ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and wood heating systems are all eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive if you are considering installing one of these systems in your home (RHI).

The RHI also ensures that recipients will receive regular payments over a period of seven years to assist with the financial burden of the expense of installing a renewable heating system. Discover more information concerning the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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Earnings and rates based on feed-in tariffs

If you already receive the feed-in tariff, then the amount that you earn is contingent upon the following factors: the FIT rates that you signed up for the technology that you installed the amount of electricity that your system generates the amount of electricity that you use Those who joined the feed-in tariff when it was originally introduced in 2011 are eligible for a rate of payment that is significantly higher than that of those who joined the programme only a few months before it was phased out.

Rates for generation under the feed-in tariff in 2019

Price per kilowatt-hour of generation

Solar pv 3.79

Wind turbine 8.24

Hydropower 8.03

Micro CHP 14.52

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My solar panels get the feed-in tariff: what happens once it’s closed?

If you already get the feed-in tariff you will continue to do so. The initiative has closed to new applicants but those already signed up will continue to receive money for the length of their agreement.

Tips to get the most of your feed-in tariff

To optimise your savings and earnings from the feed-in tariff, try some of these ideas suggested by Which? members who have solar PV and receive the feed-in tariff: If you don’t have a smart meter, your electricity company will assume that you don’t utilize 50 percent of the electricity you create and put that into the system.

So if you use more than 50 percent , you gain. It makes sense to consume as much of your free solar-generated electricity as you can.

If you have a device in your home to show your power generation in real time, you may time your electricity use to match with when the most electricity is being created.

Set the time-delay on appliances that use a lot of electricity (such as the dishwasher, tumble dryer, washing machine) so that they come on sequentially throughout the day while your system is generating electricity, not all together.

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I was unable to meet the deadline for the feed-in tariff; can I still get rewarded for producing renewable electricity?

Yes. The new programme that will reimburse individual homeowners for the excess renewable electricity they create and put into the grid has been given the acronym SEG, which stands for the Smart Export Guarantee.

Although the SEG tariff is required to be offered by the end of 2019 by all energy companies with more than 150,000 consumers, very few of these companies have yet to introduce theirs. A few major distinctions separate the SEG from the FIT, including the following: In contrast to the FIT payments, which were based on a “deemed” export of power, the new payments will be determined by the actual amount of electricity exported.

The rates of the SEG tariffs are determined by the companies themselves. Feed-in tariff rates were determined by the government. In order to qualify for a SEG tariff, it is highly likely that you will be required to have a smart metre or another metre that is capable of measuring export on a half-hourly basis.

Find out more information about the Smart Export Guarantee, such as which companies are now providing them and how much money you stand to gain from using it.

If you are thinking about installing solar panels or other forms of renewable electricity generation in your home, you should make sure that the company you hire is a reputable one that has been accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and renewable installation firms that have been approved by Which? Trusted Traders. Make sure the technology you’re using is also MCS-accredited.

If I move, am I allowed to take my feed-in tariff with me? If you decide to sell your house, the ownership of any renewable energy systems installed on the property will often pass to the new purchasers.

They would be eligible for the feed-in tariff as a result of this. On the day of the move, either you or they are required to inform the energy company of the change in their address.

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Feed-in tariff payment issues and possible solutions to those issues

We have received feedback from solar panel owners throughout the years who have informed us that they have experienced difficulties in collecting the feed-in tariff payments that are owed to them. When we conducted a poll in May 2018, nearly one in five people who were members of Which? and who had solar panels reported having issues with getting reimbursed for their FITs. The issue of receiving payment later than anticipated was the one that was most frequently raised as a complaint.

But things have gotten better since we first asked this question six years ago, when more than a third of the people who responded said they had had a difficulty with payments. When you put in a metre reading, it may take some suppliers up to 90 days to pay you for your FITs, while others claim to be considerably more expedient and promise payment no more than 10 business days after that.

If you feel as though you are waiting an unusually long time for your payments, examine the feed-in tariff contract to see when you should anticipate receiving them. Be sure to submit your metre readings on time; if you don’t, your FIT licensee won’t have anything to base your payments on, and that could delay them. In the event that you miss the deadline, it is possible that you will be required to wait until the subsequent metre reading period.

If you have a complaint with your FIT payments, you can file it with your FIT licensee by contacting them directly and following the complaints procedure, which should be outlined on their website.

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Can I switch the company that provides my feed-in tariff?

No matter whose electricity provider pays them, the payments that you receive from the feed-in tariff will remain the same. This is because the government decides how much each charge will be. It is not required that you utilise the same electricity company for both your domestic electricity supply and your feed-in tariff licensee responsibilities.

If you so want, you are free to switch who holds your FIT licence. The feed-in tariff was something that was to be paid by all power businesses that had more than 250,000 customers. These companies are Avro Energy, British Gas, Bulb, Co-operative Energy, EDF Energy, Eon, Flow Energy, Npower, Octopus Energy, Ovo Energy, Scottish Power, Shell Energy, SSE, Utility Warehouse, and Utilita. Others include: Utilita and Utility Warehouse.

There were also some smaller businesses who decided to pay the feed-in tariff. Bristol Energy, Ecotricity, Engie, Foxglove Energy, Good Energy, Green Energy UK, iSupply Energy, Robin Hood Energy, and Tonik Energy are some of the companies that fall under this category.

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In what circumstances would I be eligible for the feed-in tariff in Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland, residents were unable to access the feed-in tariff. Instead, it offered a programme known as NIRO, which stood for the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation. If you had solar panels placed on your property, you were eligible for this programme.

However, this scheme is no longer accepting new installations as of right now. If you already receive Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), you will continue to do so either for the next 20 years from the date your system was accredited or until the 31st of March in 2027, whichever comes first. If you have already received ROCs, you will continue to do so until one of those dates.

You will also receive an export metre from Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) if you register your installation with them. Then you will need to sign up for an export tariff so that you can be compensated for each surplus unit of power that is produced by your business and added to the grid. For instance, Power NI pays 5.47 pence per kilowatt-hour.