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The FITs is an environmental programme introduced by the government to promote the use of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
You can be rewarded for creating your own ‘green energy’, as part of the UK’s commitment to 15% of all energy being renewable by 2020.
If you install an electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source (for example solar panels or a wind turbine) the FITs scheme allows you to claim money back on your supply.
The following technologies are eligible for the FITS scheme:
The FiT scheme exists to promote renewable energy. The environmental impact of us moving to a renewable energy source will be huge, which is why financial incentives also exist to help you along.
The FiTS has three major benefits for you:
You receive a payment for all the electricity you produce
You reduce your bills by generating some energy for yourself
You receive a payment for all the electricity you put back into the grid
It’s very difficult to be completely self-reliant when it comes to energy. But by investing in your own energy generation, you can support a proportion of your own requirements, and make money by sending energy to the national grid for other people to use, too.
For more information on Feed-in Tariffs check out the Ofgem website.
Larger energy suppliers are required by law to provide payments through the feed-in tariff scheme, but smaller suppliers are not. With that said, here at Robin Hood Energy, we’ve opted to offer them anyway so we can give our customers the benefits of FiTS.
For you to qualify for FiTS, the installer and the products you use must both be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), except hydro and anaerobic digestion which have to go through the ROO-FiT process.
The tariffs you receive depend on both the eligibility date and, for solar panels, your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. The UK Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes the key policy decisions on FiTs. The energy regulator Ofgem administers the scheme.
The eligibility date is the date from which an installation becomes eligible for FiTs payments. For most renewable electricity systems (with a declared net capacity of 50kW or less), this will be the date we receive a valid application for FiTs.
This will be after the date on which your renewable electricity system is installed, so it’s essential to send your application to us as soon as possible.
Please be aware that the FiT scheme ended to new applicants from 1 April 2019, barring some exceptions. Installations with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) of 50kW or less and micro combined heat and power (CHP) installations with a DNC of 2kW or less need to commission and have a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate issued on or before 31 March 2019. An application for accreditation will need to be received by a FIT licensee by 31 March 2020. For further guidance or queries, please contact our Feed-in Tariff Team.
BEIS have introduced the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), beginning on 1st January 2020. The SEG is part of a wider move towards smart energy and consumers producing their own renewable electricity.
Electricity suppliers with more than 150,000 domestic customers must offer the scheme; other suppliers may participate on a voluntary basis. Eligible exporting installations will include AD, Hydro, Wind, and Solar Photovoltaic exporters with up to 5MW capacity, and Micro-CHP with an electrical capacity of 50kW or less. Click here for further information