1. Overview

You can get payments from your energy supplier if you generate your own electricity, eg with solar panels or a wind turbine. This is called a ‘Feed-in Tariff’ (FIT).

How the scheme works

You’ll get a set amount for each unit (kilowatt hour or kWh) of electricity you generate - a ‘generation tariff’. The rates vary depending on:

  • the size of your system
  • what technology you install
  • when your system was installed

You need to use a certified installer.

You can get payments from your current energy supplier, or you can choose a different one from the list of registered suppliers.

Contact installer companies or an electricity supplier for more information.

The export tariff - selling surplus energy

As well as the generation tariff, you can also sell any extra units you don’t use back to your electricity supplier. This is called an ‘export tariff’.

You’ll get 4.77p per unit of electricity.

You can sell back half of the units of electricity you generate. You’ll need an export meter if your installation is above 30kW.

You’ll also save money on your electricity bills for the energy you do use.

How much you could get

Use the Energy Saving Trust calculators to estimate how much you could earn using the FIT scheme and selling unused energy back.

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