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Feed-in tariffs

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An opportunity for local authorities and housing associations

As of April 2010, individuals, local authorities, housing associations and other organisations who install low carbon electricity generating technologies are eligible to receive Feed-in-Tariffs.

The introduction of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) represents a real opportunity for public bodies to create environmental benefit, coupled with a range of economic benefits. In addition to carbon emissions reduction, the installation of renewable energy tecnologies can create local jobs, reduce fuel poverty and contribute to the local economy. Setting up Feed-in tariff schemes can help local authorities and housing associations to maximise income streams, reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty in both social housing and the private sector.

About the scheme

The Feed-in Tariff is made up of two types of payments:

  • Generation tariff - a set rate paid per kWh of electricity generated. The rate is dependent on the type and size of technology installed. Click here for the Table of Tariffs.
  • Export tariff - energy suppliers will also pay 3.1p per kWh that is exported to the electricity grid (i.e. not used onsite).

In addition, householders will make savings on their energy bills by using the free electricity generated onsite.

Toolkit: Making Feed-in Tariffs work for you

We have produced a guide to help make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to take advantage of FITs by providing information on the tariffs, financing and ownership issues, a step-by-step guide, and some real life case studies. Whilst there are a number of technologies which are eligible to receive FITs, this document focuses primarily on solar electricity (PV). This technology is well suited to a large scale roll out by local authorities and housing associations.

Download our guide to Making Feed-in Tariffs work for you

Toolkit: FIT PV Calculator

We have also produced a FiT PV calculator, which provides an estimate of potential earnings and savings from Feed-in tariffs for an area-based PV scheme.

Download our FIT PV calculator 

Are you developing a Feed-in Tariff scheme?

If you are looking at developing a Feed-in Tariff scheme or are currently reviewing your options we may be able to help you. We have assisted many local authoritioes to assess thier options for Feed-in Tariff schemes including looking at roof rental offers. If you would like to find out how we can assist you please email us at localdelivery@est.org.uk

Resources:

Ofgem Feed-in tariff statistics

Ofgem now have a statistics hub for showing the number of FIT installations to date. This tool allows you to search installtions by geographical area or by technology. See:  Ofgem Renewables and CHP Register

Friends of the Earth guidance: FIT for the Future

Fit for the Future: Impact of the Feed-in tariff on financial performance of small scale energy . This guidance devloped by Friends of the Earth and looks at how the Feed in Tariff affcts the finacila performance of a range of schems and technologies.

Homing in on Feed-in Tariffs.

Homing in on Feed-in Tariffs: A review of Feed-in Tariff projects in Scottish social housing identifies the approaches being adopted by social housing providers in Scotland to developing Feed-in Tariff schemes and the lessons learnt by early movers, including key success factors, risks and potential solutions. It also includes five case studies of local authorities and housing associations that have progressed FiT schemes.

Information from our Feed-in Tariff events

Shortly after the Feed in Tariff was launched The Energy Saving Trust and Friends of the Earth held two events about Feed in Tariffs (FITs), providing an overview of the FIT scheme and sharing information on how you can use FITs. The presentation slides from these events can be found below.

Introduction to the Feed in Tariff : Rob Lewis, Renewable Energy Strategy Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Finance and Ownership Models for low carbon homes : Justine Prain, Project Director, Home Energy PAYS project, Energy Saving Trust

Green New Deal Briefing : Keith Budden, Manager, Birmingham Environment Partnership

The future of local support: Andy Deacon, Head of Local Delivery, Energy Saving Trust

Resources for residents

A number of useful resources for householders are available elsewhere on our website, including:

  • The Home Energy Generation Selector , which helps householders to identify the most suitable renewable energy technologies for their homes. 
  • The Cashback Calculator , which provides householders with an estimate of potential earnings or savings from small scale solar PV and wind turbine installations.