About the FIT scheme

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)
  • Wind
  • Micro combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Hydro
  • 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

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.

Licensees

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

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).

Need help?

We have a number of useful guidance documents, including Guidance for renewable installations, Guidance for licensed electricity suppliers and Guidance for community and school installations.

You can also find other relevant contact details on our Contacts, guidance and resources page.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 8th Jul 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet provides an overview of the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme, how to apply and where to find out more information.

  • 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: 18th Aug 2015
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
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  • 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: 23rd May 2015
  • Closed: 30th Jun 2015
  • Consultations & responses
  • 1 Associated documents
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  • 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: 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
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The Feed-in Tariff Annual Report gives an overview of the scheme activity and costs from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

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