What is the Feed-in Tariff?
Feed-In Tariff (also known as FiT) is the electricity component of what some people call the Clean Energy Cashback scheme. The scheme that pays homes and businesses for creating their own green electricity, from renewable sources such as solar panels.
The Feed-In Tariff was introduced by the UK Government in 2010 to help incentivise the production of low-carbon and renewable energy. Under international law the UK are committed to reach a target of 15% of all energy sourced from renewables by 2020. It was at just 2% in 2009.
Solar or photovoltaic (PV) panels are eligible for FiT, meaning that if you own a solar panel generator, you’re able to start earning a FiT income.
How much can you be paid under the FiT?
FiT payment levels vary depending on the scale of your solar panel system. The payments can make solar panel installation a good medium to long-term investment.
Unused energy sales can range from £1,350 to £5,500 depending on the size of the scheme. This is in addition to up to 50% savings on your energy bills, and helping to reduce your carbon emissions.
Watch our video to find out more. Please note the rates in the video are as of December 2014.
More about the Feed-in-Tariff payments
For each unit (kilowatt per hour) of electricity you generate, your electricity supplier will pay you a set index-linked rate.
Any electricity you don’t use can be sold back to the National Grid. Most domestic systems are too small to have a smart meter installed, so instead it is estimated that your system is selling 50% of its energy to the grid. You will be paid accordingly. For commercial systems, a smart meter will be installed if your system is over 30kWp.
Energy bill savings.
With your own system generating electricity, you won’t have to buy as much electricity from your supplier. You may only have to switch to the electricity grid at night, and your energy bills could be reduced by as much as 50%.
For more information and for rates for eligible installations visit the Energy Saving Trust website.