You can apply to 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).
Changes to the scheme
The old FIT scheme closed on 14 January 2016.
A new scheme opened on 8 February 2016, with different tariff rates and rules - including a limit on the number of installations supported.
If your application was received by 14 January, it’ll be considered under the old rules and you’ll get the old tariff rates if you qualify.
The Ofgem website has details about rules under the new scheme.
You’re not affected if you already had a FIT plan before 14 January.
How the scheme works
If your application is successful, 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
- how energy efficient your home is
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.