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.
Closure of the FIT scheme
On 18 December 2018 legislation was laid before government which closes the FIT scheme to new applicants from 1 April 2019, barring some exceptions. We have published an FAQ and guidance document which help explain the impact of these changes. To provide feedback on our guidance, contact REDevelopment@ofgem.gov.uk by 12 February 2019. If you have questions about the legislation or design of the scheme, please contact the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at email@example.com.
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)
- Micro combined heat and power (CHP)
- 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:
- For small installations, by the date and time the installation’s MCS certificate was issued.
- For large installations, by the date and time the application was received by Ofgem.
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 are the owners of installations who apply to the FIT scheme.
On 23 November 2018, Ofgem announced that Spark Energy Supply Limited had ceased trading in the energy supply market and that under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Spark Energy’s customers will continue as normal.
Ofgem are aware that a number of Feed-in Tariff (FIT) generators are registered with Spark Energy Supply Limited as their FIT Licensee.
Our guidance gives direction on what happens in this situation for FIT generators. FIT generators have a responsibility to select a new FIT Licensee and agree FIT terms with them in order to continue receiving FIT payments. When a FIT generator approaches a new licensee, they will be required provide all the information they have regarding their installation. This will include name, address, FIT ID, whether the installation is MCS or ROO-FIT, the MCS or ROO-FIT number, technology type and capacity as well as billing information and the date of the meter reading when the last FIT payments were made.
Ofgem has written to all FIT Licensees to make them aware that FIT generators registered with Spark Energy may approach them seeking to register with them as their new FIT Licensee.
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).
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.