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 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.


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: 21st Dec 2016
  • Reports & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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.

  • Published: 21st Feb 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This document sets out our decisions on what is considered “generating equipment” for each eligible technology supported under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

  • Published: 11th Mar 2010
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter to suppliers and generators interested in the Feed-in Tariff Scheme (due to be launched on 1 April 2010).