The Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs) is an environmental programme introduced by the government to promote the use of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
That means 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.
Robin Hood Energy is a voluntary FITs licensee and we offer our domestic, community or business customers the opportunity to claim a FITs tariff for the electricity they generate and export back to the grid.
If you install electricity-generating technology from a renewable or low-carbon source – solar panels or a wind turbine for example – the FITs scheme allows you to claim money back on your supply.
Talk to our FIT’s Team for more information.
Benefits of FITS
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 receive a payment for all the electricity you put back into the grid
- You reduce your bills by generating some energy for yourself
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.
What technologies qualify for the feed in tariff scheme?
The following technologies are eligible for the FITS scheme:
- Solar photovoltaic (usually called PV) panels with a total installed capacity (TIC) of 5MW or less.
- Wind with a TIC of 5MW or less.
- Hydro with a TIC of 5MW or less.
- Anaerobic digestion with a TIC of 5MW or less.
- Micro combined heat and power (CHP) installations with a TIC of 2kW or less.
FITS payments and eligibility
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.
Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)
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
For more information on Feed-in Tariffs check out the Ofgem website.
Download our FITs application form.
FITs Terms and Conditions
Contact the FITs team
Call us. 0800 023 4494
Email us. FiTEnquiries@robinhoodenergy.co.uk
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