About the FIT scheme

About the FIT scheme

The Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme is a government programme designed to promote the uptake of 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 CHP:

  • Solar photovoltaic (solar PV)
  • Wind
  • Micro combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Hydro
  • Anaerobic digestion (AD)

How does the scheme work?

FIT payments are made quarterly (at least) for the electricity your installation has generated and exported. Payments are made based on the meter reading you submit to your energy supplier (we call them your FIT licensee).

FIT payments are made by your energy supplier from the date you become eligible for the scheme.

The number of new installations that can receive support under the FIT scheme each month is capped – we call these deployment caps. Applications queue for entry into the FIT scheme:

The latest FIT queue information is available here.

The latest FIT tariff rates are available here.

FIT roles and responsibilities

There are a number of key players on the FIT scheme.

Generators

Generators are the owners of installations who apply to the FIT scheme.

Licensees

FIT Licensees are energy suppliers who process applicants submitted for small installations and make FIT payments to all installations.

Ofgem E-Serve

We are responsible for administering some aspects of the FIT scheme:

  • Running the Central FIT Register - the database of all accredited installations.
  • Monitoring deployment caps and publishing reports.
  • Processing applications for large installations.
  • Processing applications from community and school applicants.
  • 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?

Visit our page for small installations if you would like more information on the FIT scheme for home-scale or small business PV, wind or CHP.

Visit our page for large installations if you would like more information on the FIT scheme for commercial wind and PV and all other technologies.

If you are an electricity supplier, visit our electricity suppliers page.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 11th Apr 2017
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 28th Feb 2017
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
This webinar aims to guide you through the process of submitting a preliminary application under the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 21st Dec 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
The Feed-in Tariff Annual Report gives an overview of the scheme activity and costs from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

  • 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 and 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: 15th Dec 2014
  • Reports and 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: 8th Oct 2013
  • News and blogs
  • 0 Associated documents
Please note that due to technical difficulties we are currently unable to publish the FIT Installation Report for the period 01/04/2010 to 30/09/2013. Please be advised that we are currently looking into this and hope to have the report published shortly...

  • Published: 1st Jul 2013
  • Open letters and 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.

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