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.

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 feedintariff@beis.gov.uk.

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 applications submitted for small installations and make FIT payments to all installations.

Spark Energy

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.

Ofgem

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: 19th Dec 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This draft guidance is for generators and suppliers who may be affected by the closure of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme to new applicants from 1 April 2019.

  • Published: 19th Dec 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This FAQ helps to explain the implications that scheme closure has for current and prospective applicants of the FIT scheme.

  • Published: 14th Dec 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 7th Dec 2018
  • Guidance
  • 2 Associated documents
This guidance is for participants of the RO and FIT schemes on co-locating storage with their accredited RO generating station or FIT installation.

  • Published: 25th Oct 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This information is for homeowners who have solar panels installed on their property that are owned by a third party for commercial purposes (sometimes known as ‘Rent-a-Roof’).

  • Published: 19th Jul 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This FAQ helps to explain the implications that the proposals in BEIS’ consultation could have for current and prospective applicants of the FIT scheme.

  • Published: 25th Jun 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 25th Jun 2018
  • Guidance
  • 2 Associated documents
This guidance is for participants of the RO and FIT schemes on co-locating storage with their accredited RO generating station or FIT installation.

  • Published: 22nd Jun 2018
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
These declarations should be used by applicants of small scale installations seeking to claim the exemption for the Energy Efficiency Requirement.

  • Published: 14th Dec 2017
  • Guidance, Open letters and correspondence
  • 2 Associated documents
Draft guidance for participants of the RO and FIT schemes on co-locating storage with their accredited RO generating station or FIT installation

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