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Feed-In Tariff Changes

As of February 2016 there have been changes to the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme which may be considered as confusing however we want to ensure that you are not left in the dark and understand all changes.

Due to the faster than expected uptake of solar panel installs these changes have had to include substantial cuts in the FIT rates received as well as the overall number of installs in each period that FIT can be applied to.

The biggest change is that there is now a cap on how many installs can benefit from the scheme during a three month period. Any installs after the cap has been reached are put in the queue for the following quarter. The table below portrays the deployment caps in place for the next 3 years.

Maximum Deployment Caps (per quarter)  
  2016 2017 2018 2019
Maximum Deployment (MW) 1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2017 1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2018 1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2019 1 Apr – 30 Jun
<10 kW 48.4 49.6 50.6 51.7 52.8 53.8 54.2 55.9 57.0 58.0 59.1 60.1 61.1
10-50 kW 16.5 17.0 17.4 17.8 18.2 18.6 18.7 19.4 19.8 20.3 20.7 21.1 21.5

The data in this table was taken from www.fitariffs.co.uk/FITs/principles/caps/ and is correct as of February 2017.

Another change is that Ofgem now decide the rate a customer will receive, every quarter there is an agreed amount paid depending on the size of the install. The rate is reviewed every quarter.  The rate currently available for solar panels with a system size of 4kW or less is 4.32p/kWh this is considerably less than the 12.47 p/kWh that was available in the last quarter of 2015.  The rate for systems sized 4kW – 10kW have also been reduced massively from 11.30 p/kWh to 4.53 p/kWh.

    2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
  1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2017 1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2018 1 Apr – 30 Jun 1 Jul – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Dec 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2019
<10 kW Higher 4.32 4.25 4.18 4.11 4.04 3.97 3.90 3.83 3.76 3.69 3.62 3.55
Medium 3.89 3.83 3.76 3.70 3.64 3.57 3.51 3.45 3.38 3.32 3.26 3.20
Lower 0.74 0.61 0.57 0.52 0.47 0.42 0.37 0.33 0.29 0.23 0.19 0.14
10-50 kW Higher 4.53 4.46 4.39 4.32 4.25 4.19 4.12 4.05 3.98 3.91 3.85 3.78
Medium 4.08 4.01 3.95 3.89 3.83 3.77 3.71 3.65 3.58 3.52 3.47 3.40
Lower 0.74 0.61 0.57 0.52 0.47 0.42 0.37 0.33 0.29 0.23 0.19 0.14

*this data for this table was taken fromwww.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/02/tariff_table_jan_17.pdf and is correct as of February 2017.

The rate you receive is dependent on numerous factors. You will receive the ‘lower rate’ if the solar system provides power to a building that has an EPC rating of below D. You will receive the ‘medium rate’ if the owner has a total of 25 FIT-registered PV installs.  The ‘medium rate’ is currently 90% of the ‘higher rate’. If neither of medium or lower rates apply than the ‘higher rate’ prevails.

There are 3 different types of solar panel systems, Retrofit, New Build and Stand-alone. Retrofit systems are installed on an already occupied building, New build systems are installed on a new building before any occupants move in. Stand-alone systems do not provide electricity to occupied building and are not attached to a building.


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