Feed-In Tariff

What are FITs?

FIT stands for 'Feed-in Tariff', which is an incentive scheme, started April 2010 in the UK, intended to reward those who invest in renewable electricity generating systems.

What Technologies Qualify?

Renewable energy and CHP systems generating electricity eg solar photovoltaic, wind turbines, water turbines, anaerobic digestion used to produce electricity, micro-CHP systems (including those running on fossil fuels). From 1st April 2010, the installations must consist of MCS-approved equipment and must be commissioned by an MCS-approved installation company (such as Navitron or its subcontractors).
MCS=microgeneration Certification Scheme

MCS-approved equipment seems more expensive, and MCS-approved installers seem to charge more. Do I have to use MCS-approved equipment and installer?

Yes, if you want to receive FITs. Unfortunately, compliance with MCS is very costly for installers and for equipment manufacturers, hence it has significantly increased the cost of renewable energy installations.

What are the proposed Tariffs, and how long will I receive them?

If you install a qualifying system before 31st April 2012, you will receive the highest level of tariff, which is guaranteed for a period of 20years (hydro and wind) or 25years (PV), and index-linked. The tariffs are outlined in the following table:

Technology Tariff (from 1st November 2012) Duration

PV (under 4kW)

(4kW – 10kW)

(10-50kW)

(50kW-150kW)

(150kW - 250kW)

(250kW - 5MW)

15.44p/kWh

13.99p/kWh

13.03p/kWh

11.5p/kWh

11p/kWh

7.1p/kWh

20years

Wind (under 1.5kW)

(1.5-15kW)

(15-100kW)

(100-500kW)

(500kW-1.5MW)

(1.5MW - 5MW)

36.2p/kWh

28p/kWh

25.3p/kWh

19.7p/kWh

9.9p/kWh

4.7p/kWh

20years

Hydro (15kW)

(15-100kW)

(100kW-2MW)

(>2MW)

20.9p/kWh

18.7p/kWh

11.5p/kWh

4.7p/kWh

20years

Anaerobic. Digestion (under 250kW)

(250-500kW)

(over 500kW)

14p/kWh

13p/kWh

9.4p/kWh

20years

NB

  • If a generator falls on the boundary of two tariff rates it will receive the higher rate of FIT (eg 4kW PV system would receive 41.3p/kWh)
  • New builds receive a slightly lower FIT for PV installations under 4kW ie 36.1p/kWh
  • 'Standalone systems' which are not wired to supply a building qualify for the lowest PV rate of 29.3p/kWh

What about installations that are commissioned after April 2012? NB these dates aren NOT inflation-adjusted

Technology Rated Power 1/4/10 -31/3/11 to 31/3/12 to 31/3/13 to 31/3/14 to 31/3/15 to 31/3/16 to 31/3/17 to 31/3/18 to 31/3/19 to 31/3/20 to 31/3/21
Anaerobic Digestion Under 500kW
Over 500kW
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
11.5
9
Hydro Up to 15kW
15-100kW
100kW-2MW
2MW-5MW
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
19.9
17.8
11.0
4.5
Micro-CHP Up to 2kW 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
PV – New Build Up to 4kW 36.1 36.1 33 30.2 27.6 25.1 22.9 20.8 19 17.2 15.7
PV Under 4kW
4-10kW
10-100kW
100kW-5MW
standalone
41.3
36.1
31.4
29.3
29.3
41.3
36.1
31.4
29.3
29.3
37.8
33.0
28.7
26.8
26.8
34.6
30.2
26.3
24.5
24.5
31.6
27.6
24.0
22.4
22.4
28.8
25.1
21.9
20.4
20.4
26.2
22.9
19.9
18.6
18.6
23.8
20.8
18.1
16.9
16.9
21.7
19.0
16.5
15.4
15.4
19.7
17.2
15.0
14.0
14.0
18.0
15.7
13.6
12.7
12.7
Wind Under 1.5kW
1.5-15kW
15-100kW
100-500kW
500-1.5MW
1.5MW-5MW
34.5
26.7
24.1
18.8
9.4
4.5
34.5
26.7
24.1
18.8
9.4
4.5
32.6
25.5
23.0
18.8
9.4
4.5
30.8
24.3
21.9
18.8
9.4
4.5
29.1
23.2
20.9
18.8
9.4
4.5
27.5
22.2
20.0
18.8
9.4
4.5
26.0
21.2
19.1
18.8
9.4
4.5
24.6
20.2
18.2
18.8
9.4
4.5
23.2
19.3
17.4
18.8
9.4
4.5
21.9
18.4
16.6
18.8
9.4
4.5
20.7
17.6
15.9
18.8
9.4
4.5
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