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.
Benefits for communities and schools
Additional benefits are available for community organisations and education providers on the FIT scheme. These are for generators who have applied through pre-registration and status verification.
These benefits include:
- A relaxation of the minimum energy efficiency requirement to level G and above (instead of level D and above), for non-domestic solar PV community energy and school installations to receive the higher generation tariff rate. This applies to installations with capacities up to 250kW Declared Net Capacity (DNC).
- An additional six months to the ROO-FIT preliminary accreditation validity period for solar PV and non-PV installations owned by community organisations, for applications made between 1 April and 1 October 2015 and from 8 February 2016.
- Two installations can share a single grid connection providing that at least one is owned by a community organisation. This is only applicable from 1 April 2015.
- For applications made before 1 October 2015, a ‘tariff guarantee’ was also available for community organisations planning to commission non-domestic solar PV installations that will not exceed 50kW DNC.
Closure of the FIT scheme
We are responsible for the pre-registration process, which confirms the eligibility of community energy installations and school installations with a DNC up to and including 50 kW.
We also assess the eligibility of community energy installations or school installations with a DNC exceeding 50 kW as part of the ROO-FIT accreditation and status verification process.
Who can apply?
As part of the application process, community organisations will have to show they are a Community Interest Company (CIC), a Cooperative Society, a Community Benefit Society, a Registered Charity or a subsidiary company wholly owned by a Charity.
To apply as an education provider, you must be the owner of the school or the person/body responsible for its management.
Further information on types of community organisation and education provider can be found in our guidance.
How do I apply?
Application templates can be downloaded from the publications and updates section below. Please ensure you read our guidance before applying and make sure you download the correct application for your installation.
If your installation has a DNC up to and including 50kW, then you should apply for pre-registration or status verification. Applications and supporting documents for pre-registration should be submitted via email to FITCommunity@ofgem.gov.uk or by post to:
FIT Community Team
32 Albion Street
If your installation has a DNC over 50 kW TIC then you should apply for preliminary accreditation or ROO-FIT accreditation through the Renewables and CHP Register. Application letters and supporting documents should be sent to the FIT Community team.
Please read our FAQs and Feed-in Tariffs: Guidance for community energy and school installations for further information on the benefits available for communities and schools.
For any questions relating to the pre-registration and status verification process, you can contact the FIT Community team at FITCommunity@ofgem.gov.uk.