The Government's Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated by the system (generation tariff), as well as an additional payment for the electricity exported to the grid (export tariff). These payments are in addition to the bill savings made by using the electricity generated on-site. The payments you are eligible to receive depend on the amount of energy your system generates (kWh). The payments are index linked and guaranteed for 20 years. Your FiT provider will request readings from your generation meter, typically every quarter, and make the payments to you.
Qualify for Solar PV FITs
For you to qualify for FITs, the installer and the products you use must both be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The tariffs you receive depend on both the eligibility date and, for solar PV, your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
To Maximise savings it is recommended you use any appliances during the day when the solar PV modules are generating the electricity. This avoids the full cost of taking electricity from the local grid and makes maximum use of your own investment in your solar PV system. Obviously you shouldn’t use additional electricity just to make use of the Solar PV output.
Renewable Heat Incentive
A scheme is being introduced for heat generation: the Renewable Heat Incentive.