The Feed-in Tariff (FIT) 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 17 December 2015 DECC announced changes to the FIT scheme following on from its ‘Consultation on a review of the FITs scheme’. DECC’s main policy changes include a pause to the scheme and the introduction of deployment caps which we have produced the following draft guidance (the Pausing the FITs scheme guidance is now final):
- ‘Pausing the FITs scheme’
- ‘Deployment caps for ROO-FIT generators’
- ‘Deployment caps for FIT licensees’
- A Frequently Asked Questions document for MCS-scale generators
We are seeking stakeholder feedback on these guidance documents by 14 January 2016. Each document begins with a covering letter which explains how to provide us with feedback.
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 physically check 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, however they are obligated to participate in the levelisation process.
Applicants wishing to receive FITs for renewable generation are advised to contact their supplier in the first instance.
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. 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 and administer the levelisation process.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 0300 060 4000.
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) queries
For all MCS queries, including how to find MCS Installers, MCS products or accessing the MCS database, please see the Microgeneration Certification Scheme website.
For any queries relating to VAT relating to the FIT scheme, please contact HM Revenue & Customs.