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.

Announcement on prospective scheme closure

On 19 July 2018 the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation in which they state their intention to close the FIT scheme to new applicants from 1 April 2019, barring several exceptions. We have published an FAQ which helps explain the implications these proposals would have if they are introduced. If you have questions about the consultation, please contact 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.

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: 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

  • 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.

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