Benefits for communities and schools

Additional benefits are available for community organisations and education providers on the FIT scheme. These are for generators who have applied through pre-registration and status verification.

These benefits include:

  • A relaxation of the minimum energy efficiency requirement to level G and above (instead of level D and above), for non-domestic solar PV community energy and school installations to receive the higher generation tariff rate. This applies to installations with capacities up to 250kW Declared Net Capacity (DNC).
  • An additional six months to the ROO-FIT preliminary accreditation validity period for solar PV and non-PV installations owned by community organisations, for applications made between 1 April and 1 October 2015 and from 8 February 2016.
  • Two installations can share a single grid connection providing that at least one is owned by a community organisation. This is only applicable from 1 April 2015.
  • For applications made before 1 October 2015, a ‘tariff guarantee’ was also available for community organisations planning to commission non-domestic solar PV installations that will not exceed 50kW DNC.

Our role

We are responsible for the pre-registration process, which confirms the eligibility of community energy installations and school installations with a DNC up to and including 50 kW.

We also assess the eligibility of community energy installations or school installations with a DNC exceeding 50 kW as part of the ROO-FIT accreditation and status verification process.

Who can apply?

As part of the application process, community organisations will have to show they are a Community Interest Company (CIC), a Cooperative Society, a Community Benefit Society, a Registered Charity or a subsidiary company wholly owned by a Charity.

To apply as an education provider, you must be the owner of the school or the person/body responsible for its management.

Further information on types of community organisation and education provider can be found in our guidance.

How do I apply?

Application templates can be downloaded from the publications and updates section below. Please ensure you read our guidance before applying and make sure you download the correct application for your installation.

If your installation has a DNC up to and including 50kW, then you should apply for pre-registration or status verification. Applications and supporting documents for pre-registration should be submitted via email to FITCommunity@ofgem.gov.uk or by post to:

FIT Community team
Ofgem
9 Millbank
London
SW1P 3GE

If your installation has a DNC over 50 kW TIC then you should apply for preliminary accreditation or ROO-FIT accreditation through the Renewables and CHP Register. Application letters and supporting documents should be sent to the FIT Community team.

Need help?

Please read our FAQs and Feed-in Tariffs: Guidance for community energy and school installations for further information on the benefits available for communities and schools.

For any questions relating to the pre-registration and status verification process, you can contact the FIT Community team at FITCommunity@ofgem.gov.uk.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 8th Jul 2016
  • 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: 18th Apr 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document provides specific guidance on how to benefit from provisions available to community organisations and schools under the FIT scheme.

  • Published: 18th Apr 2016
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document contains template application letters for community organisations and education providers looking to apply for pre-registration or status verification via the FIT Community team.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is a template application letter for a MCS school installation looking to apply for Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) pre-registration via the Community Team.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is a template application letter for a ROO-FIT school installation looking to apply for status verification via the Renewables and CHP Register.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is a template application letter for an MCS community energy installation looking to apply for Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) pre-registration via the Community Team.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document is a template application letter for a community organisation looking to apply for community status verification during ROO-FIT accreditation.

  • 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: 30th Mar 2015
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This document provides specific guidance on how to benefit from provisions available to community organisations and schools under the FIT scheme.