Be paid for the energy you generate but do not use.
What are Feed-In-Tariffs?
By installing an electricity-generating technology such as solar panels, the UK Government’s Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) could mean you receive money from your energy supplier. Not only could you save money and reduce carbon emissions but you could actually earn money.
You will be paid for the electricity that you generate, even if you are using it yourself, and for the surplus energy you supply to the National Grid.
Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) offer encouragement for households to use renewable electricity-generating technologies. The following types of technologies are subsidised:
- solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone)
- wind turbines (building mounted or free standing)
- anaerobic digesters
- micro combined heat and power (CHP)
How does it work?
It’s all very simple really. The solar panels generate electricity, and your electricity supplier pays you for each unit of electricity you generate. You can use the electricity you are generating and get paid for it, and do not need to import it from the grid. If you don’t use all the electricity you are generating then it will be exported to the grid. If you need additional electricity then you will import it from the grid.
How do I register?
Once you have installed your electricity generating technology, there are a few steps, which you need to take to register for FITs:
- Ask your installer to register you on the central MCS database. The installer will then send you a certificate confirming MCS compliance.
- Tell your chosen FIT supplier that you wish to register for the FIT and send them:
- a completed application form
- the MCS certificate
- for solar PV, the Energy Performance Certificate that shows your home has an energy efficiency rating band D or better
Your FIT supplier will:
- Check you have an installation on the MCS database and take other eligibility checks
- Confirm your eligibility and the date you are eligible for payments from
- Add you to the Ofgem Central FIT Register, which records all installations in the FIT scheme
For more information please visit the Energy Saving Trust website.