Generate renewable energy and claim feed-in tariffs

From 1st April 2010, individuals, organizations and businesses in England, Wales and Scotland can claim cash back for electricity they produce from eligible renewable and low-carbon sources.

  1. How it works
  2. Qualifying technology
  3. What you can earn
  4. FAQ

How it works

Electricity is created from renewable or low-carbon sources such as wind, solar or micro combined-heat and power. If you generate electricity you don't need, you can export it to the grid. You'll be paid for exported electricity. You import electricity from the grid when you need additional power. Your electricity supplier will pay you for each unit of electricity you generateThe scheme provides a fixed payment for the electricity you generate, called the “generation tariff”. It also pays for any unused electricity that you export to the grid, the “export tariff”. A further benefit is that you won’t have to pay for the electricity that you generate and use yourself.

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What you can earn

Tariff levels (the amount you are paid) vary depending on the scale and type of generator installed. A typical 2.5kW, well-sited solar pv installation could save you around £140 per year on your electricity bill and you could earn around £900 a year through the cash back scheme.

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Do I need to use a certified installer and product to benefit from the tariff?
Yes. Systems of up to 50kW must be approved by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MSC) in order to qualify for Feed-In Tariffs. For installations that are between 50kW and 5MW, generators will need to apply through Ofgem.

How do I get on to the scheme?
Once you have installed your eligible generating technology you should inform your chosen energy supplier. The supplier will then register your installation onto the Central FIT register and then pay your tariff.

Do I have to undertake energy efficiency measures?
It is highly recommended in order to achieve lower bills and energy use.

Do larger projects – such as community projects – qualify for the scheme or is it just limited to individual properties?
Installations of up to 5 megawatts could qualify for the scheme.

Where can I find more information about the technologies that I can install?
For impartial information about the different technologies that you can use, visit the Energy Saving Trust.

I rent my property. If my landlord installs an electricity generating technology, who would receive the cash-back?
It will be up to the landlords and tenants of dometic or commercial property to come to an arrangement about who benefits from the scheme.

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