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

Please be aware that the FIT scheme closes 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.

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.

Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of customers of a licensee which has had its licence revoked continues as normal. The process is different for Feed-in Tariff (FIT) customers whose payments were made by the licensee whose licence has been revoked.

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 to 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. 

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: 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.

  • Published: 21st Feb 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
See our decision 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
Timetable for the delivery of Feed-in Tariff's (FIT) Administrative Systems.

  • Published: 21st Oct 2009
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
See our response to the Government's Renewable Electricity Financial Incentives consultation.

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