Coronavirus changes to the FIT scheme
The government has amended the Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012. The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 and the Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) Order 2020 collectively grant a 12 month extension to validity periods for all pre-registrations for community energy solar photovoltaic (PV) installations and all preliminary accreditations which originally expired on or after 1 March 2020.
Which technologies are eligible for FITs?
There are five eligible renewable and low-carbon technology types. These are:
- Solar photovoltaic (solar PV)
- Micro combined heat and power (CHP)
- Anaerobic digestion (AD)
These installations must be located in Great Britain.
Closure of the FIT scheme
How do I apply?
You can apply for FIT support through one of two routes depending on the size and type of your installation:
- For small installations – home-scale or small business solar PV, wind or CHP – applications are made to an energy supplier. We call this MCS-FIT accreditation. If you’re installing solar panels on the roof of your house, you should apply through this route.
Please note that as a result of a number of government changes to the FIT scheme in January 2016, Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installations with an issue date and commissioning date of 14 January 2016 or earlier had till midnight of 31 March 2016 at the latest to apply to a FIT licensee. This applies to all MCS technologies (solar PV and wind with a declared net capacity of 50kW or less) under the scheme. If no application was submitted by the deadline, the installation will not be eligible to receive FIT support from any FIT Licensee. Please note that as administers of the scheme, there are no provisions to enable Ofgem to allow an applicant who has missed this deadline to enter the FIT scheme.
- For large installations - commercial wind and solar PV and all hydro and AD – applications are made to Ofgem. We call this ROO-FIT accreditation.
Energy suppliers are also known as FIT licensees (as they are licensed to provide feed-in tariffs). A list of suppliers is available on our website.
Please note that there is no requirement for the FIT Licensee to be the same company as your energy supplier. As such, you do not need to switch your electricity supplier to another supplier that offers FIT support before you can apply. You can choose to go with separate companies for your FIT account, electricity account and your gas account if you wish.
What tariff will I receive and how long will I receive FIT payments for?
FIT support is payable for 20 years (10 years for CHP).
The number of new installations that can receive support under the FIT scheme each month is capped – we call these deployment caps. Applications queue for entry into the FIT scheme:
- For small installations, by the date and time the installation’s MCS certificate was issued.
- For large installations, by the date and time the application was received by Ofgem.
The latest FIT queue information is available here.
The latest FIT tariff rates are available here.
If you are planning a small installation or are thinking about installing one, there is further information on the various technologies available on the Energy Saving Trust website.
If you live in Scotland you can speak to a Home Energy Scotland adviser for free on 0808 808 2282.
If you would like more information on applying for FIT accreditation for a small installation, please see our small installations webpage or contact your energy supplier.
If you would like more information on applying for large installations, please see our large installations webpage. You can also contact our team on 0207 901 7310 (Option 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org