Launched in April 2010, the Feed in Tariff is split in to two types of tariff.
Firstly, the generation pays a higher rate tariff per kilowatt hour of renewable electricity you produce. The generation tariff varies depending on the size of the installation.
Any surplus renewable electricity that you don’t use is automatically fed back to the grid. This is called the Export Tariff and is paid at a lower rate of 4.77 per kilowatt hour. The export tariff is the same for all technologies.
The start point tariff at which you joined the scheme will remain the same for the tariff life span, but will rise with inflation (RPI).
For Solar PV Feed in Tariffs are guaranteed for 20 years.
From 1st April 2012 it is a requirment to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating on your property of D or above in order to claim a higher tariff. The tarrif for a property that does not reach an Energy Performance Certificate of grade D will be at a lower tariff of 6.38p.
For the current Feed in Tariff Payment rates for Solar Photovoltaic please follow the link to the Ofgem website click here
Once your system is in place and is fully operating the energy supplier will be informed and they will start to pay you the Feed in Tariff. This is usually on the submission of a quarterly generation metre read.
Domestic Solar PV installations are subject to the lower rate 5% VAT. Commercial installations are subject to VAT at the standard rate.