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Ofgem Confirm 2015 FiT Rates

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Ofgem Confirm 2015 FiT Rates

The Feed-in Tariff will incur a 3.5% decrease from January 2015

Ofgem have confirmed a 3.5% degression in the Feed-in Tariff across all bands for solar PV, starting in the new year. The minimum automatic degression will be implemented after lower-than-expected deployment figures failed to trigger an automatic decrease.

Despite growth expected for 2014 in the domestic and commercial markets, solar PV has seen deployment in sub-50kW systems lacking this year. This could be in part due to focus moving to large-scale solar farms in the rush before the transition to CfDs next year, with ground-mounted solar set to overtake rooftop capacity by the end of the year.

The domestic sector is beginning to show positive signs of growth with 103MW installed in the 3rd quarter of 2014 and further growth expected in the last quarter of this year. However Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, believes a change in Government policy would boost domestic and commercial deployment:

“Government needs to do more to get the market growing, by removing the barriers to growth and changing the policy framework. The STA has put together its ‘Path to Zero Subsidy’, as part of our forthcoming Solar Independence Plan, which was presented during Solar Energy UK, with more details to come in the next edition of Solar Business Focus UK.”

- Paul Barwell, STA

Feed-in Tariff rates as of 1st January 2015

Feed-in Tariff rates as of 1st January 2015

Tariff Scale Type / Rate Tariff (p/kWh)

Generation Tariff

≤4 kW

Higher rate

13.88

Generation Tariff

4 – 10kW

Higher rate

12.57

Generation Tariff

10 – 50kW

Higher rate

11.71

Generation Tariff

50 – 150kW

Higher rate

10.34

Generation Tariff

150 – 250kW

Higher rate

9.89

Generation Tariff

≤5MW

Stand-alone/ Lower Rate

6.38

Export Tariff ≤5MW    4.77

Rates Explained

Where these rates are shown, the ‘higher rate’ prevails if neither of the following two conditions apply:

  • The ‘lower rate’ relates to energy efficiency and is payable where the system provides power to a building, and the building does not have an EPC certificate showing its energy efficiency in bands A to D.
  • The ‘medium rate’ is 90% of the higher rate (rounded to two decimal places). It relates to multiple ownership and is payable where the system owner has a total of 25 FIT-registered PV installations.

Ofgem Feed-in Tariff Payment Table for PV 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015

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