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The Feed-In Tariff

Feed-In Tariffs (also known as FITs) are the electricity part of Clean Energy Cashback; a scheme proposed by the Government that pays people for creating their own green energy. The tariffs were introduced to help increase the level of renewable energy in the UK towards our legally binding target of 15% of total energy from renewables by 2020.

The Tariffs give three financial benefits:

  • Generation tariff: your energy supplier will pay you a set amount for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate.
  • Export tariff: you will receive another 4.77p/kWh for each unit you don’t use and is exported back to the grid. The amount you export is not measured for systems under 30kWp and is estimated at 50%.
  • Energy bill savings: you will save money on your energy bills by using the electricity you generate for free. The amount you save depends on how much energy you use when your system is generating electricity (eg. during the day)

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.

To read more about all Feed-in Tariffs, visit http://www.fitariffs.co.uk/.