The Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme is a government programme designed to promote the uptake of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.
Introduced on 1 April 2010, the scheme requires participating licensed electricity suppliers to make payments on both generation and export from eligible installations.
Who’s the scheme for?
The FIT scheme is available for anyone who has installed, or is looking to install, one of the following technology types up to a capacity of 5MW, or 2kW for micro-CHP:
- Solar photovoltaic (PV)
- Micro combined heat and power (CHP)
- Anaerobic digestion (AD)
Our FAQs provide an overview of the scheme and its eligibility requirements.
How does the scheme work?
If your application is successful, you will receive FIT payments for the electricity your installation has generated and exported each time you submit a meter reading to your FIT licensee.
The generation and export tariff rates you will receive are dependent on a number of factors. For more information please see our application page. You can also find our latest tariff tables on our website.
You will then receive FIT payments from your FIT licensee from the eligibility date of your installation. You’ll continue to receive payments for the duration of the eligibility period.
Roles and responsibilities on FITs
There are a number of key players on the FIT scheme.
Generators are the owners of installations who apply to the FIT scheme. It is generators’ responsibility to ensure that their application for FIT is correct and that the installation meets the ongoing eligibility requirements.
FIT Licensees are required to take MCS applicants through the registration process and make FIT payments for generation and export based on meter readings submitted to them by the generator.
Ofgem E-Serve is responsible for administering some aspects of the FIT scheme, which include:
- Maintaining the Central FIT Register, which is a database of accredited installations.
- Monitoring deployment caps and publishing reports to show the uptake and progress towards each deployment cap.
- Accrediting all hydro and AD installations, as well as solar PV and wind with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) greater than 50kW through the ROO-FIT accreditation process.
- Verifying the status of installations that are applying for community or school benefits.
- Ensuring suppliers comply with the FIT scheme requirements.
The FIT scheme policy and tariff rates are set by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
You can also find other relevant contact details on our Contacts, guidance and resources page.