Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme

The Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme is a government programme designed to promote the uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies. It is available through licensed electricity suppliers.

The scheme requires some suppliers to make tariff payments on both generation and export of renewable and low carbon electricity. Generation and export tariff rates are index-linked which means that they will increase or decrease with inflation.

On 15 January 2016 changes to the FIT scheme came into force following the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s ‘Consultation on a review of the FITs scheme’. DECC’s main changes include the introduction of deployment caps, the re-introduction of preliminary accreditation, and changes to tariffs and tariff degression.

We have produced the following guidance on deployment caps:

Progress on deployment caps can be viewed on our Feed-in Tariff reports and statistics page.

Getting started

For an overview of the scheme and the application process, see:

Roles and responsibilities

Licensed Electricity Suppliers

FIT Licensees are required to take applicants through the registration process. They are also the main point of contact with accredited customers for the submission of meter readings and are responsible for making payments based on meter readings. As part of issuing these payments they are expected to verify meter readings at least once every two years.

  • Licensed Electricity Suppliers with more than 250,000 domestic customers are required to join the FIT scheme (Mandatory FIT Licensees).
  • Other licensed electricity suppliers can elect to join the scheme and become Voluntary FIT Licensees. They are collectively known as FIT Licensees.
  • Licensed Electricity Suppliers cannot offer FIT Services unless they are confirmed to be a FIT Licensee.

Applicants wishing to receive FITs for renewable generation are advised to contact their supplier in the first instance.

Ofgem's role

We are responsible for some aspects of administration of the FIT scheme. Our key role is to maintain the Central FIT Register, which is a database of accredited installations. We monitor deployment caps and publish reports to show the uptake and progress towards each deployment cap. In addition, we accredit all hydro and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) installations, as well as solar PV and wind with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) greater than 50kW. We also verify the status of installations that are applying for community or school benefits. We are responsible for ensuring suppliers comply with the FIT scheme requirements.

Government's role

The FIT scheme policy is set by the government. For further information, see the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.

Disputes and queries

Complaints

We do not have a direct role in dealing with general complaints against FIT Licensees. If you have a complaint, you should direct this towards your FIT Licensee in the first instance.

All FIT Licensees have a duty to participate in the complaints process in relation to compliance with their obligation under the FIT scheme. If after 8 weeks a satisfactory solution has not been agreed, the complaint may then be referred to the Energy Ombudsman.

Further information is available on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.

We monitor the Feed-in Tariff to prevent abuse. If you believe that someone is abusing the scheme, please contact us with details: fraudprevention@ofgem.gov.uk. Anything you tell us will be used confidentially.

Government policy and FIT queries

If you have any comments on government proposals or policy relating to FITs, please contact DECC:

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) queries

For help finding an MCS certified Installation company, or an MCS certified product please see the Microgeneration Certification Scheme website.

VAT queries

For any queries relating to VAT relating to the FIT scheme, please contact HM Revenue & Customs.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 20th Jun 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guidance document provides an overview of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme, its eligibility criteria and explains the process of seeking accreditation and preliminary accreditation.

  • Published: 16th Dec 2015
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
The Feed-in Tariff Annual Report gives an overview of the scheme activity and costs from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

  • Published: 24th Sep 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This updated factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the benefits available for community energy and school installations under the Feed-in Tariffs scheme.

  • Published: 2nd Jun 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 24th Mar 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
We have now published a document which summarises the responses we received from stakeholders on the Feed-in Tariffs scheme: use of automatic meter readers for biennial meter verification consultation.

  • Published: 27th Feb 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This Factsheet provides an overview of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, how to apply and where to find out more information.

  • Published: 29th Jan 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
We’ve hit a major milestone – we've now exceeded 3GW of renewable capacity under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT). Since the scheme started in 2010, there have been 568,612 FIT installations accredited across Britain.

  • Published: 15th Dec 2014
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
The Feed-in Tariff Annual Report gives an overview of the scheme activity and costs from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

  • Published: 1st Jul 2013
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 0 Associated documents
Ofgem published two Open Letters in relation to the final changes of the FIT Comprehensive Review on Monday 24 June 2013.

  • Published: 24th Jun 2013
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This open letter provides information regarding FIT payments in the event of a FIT Licensee losing its licence or becoming insolvent.

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