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A sound investment

The feed-in tariff is guaranteed by the government for 20 years. Payments are tax free and will also increase in line with inflation... read more

Tax Free Income

Under the government’s feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, you’ll be paid for every unit of electricity you generate, whether you use it or not. Since the... read more

Feed-in-tariff

The feed-in tariff is a government-backed scheme that gives financial rewards to
Households that generate their own green electricity.

Why? Because the government would like to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels, and increase our use of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. By offering payments to those who invest in renewable technology at home, it gives a financial incentive as well as an environmental one.

For small home systems the current rate is 14.9p for every unit (or kWh) of energy you generate. The payments are tax-free*, increase in line with inflation and are guaranteed for 20 years.

In fact, the financial benefits are so good many people are choosing to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as an alternative to investing their money with a bank or building society. Systems can give savings and returns of up to 15%, so it’s a great investment.

How does it work?

If you have a solar PV system installed at home, you’ll benefit in three ways:

You’ll get paid for all the electricity you produce.

This is called the generation tariff. Your electricity supplier will pay you the current FIT rates for every unit of electricity your system generates, whether you use it in your home or not. Currently the rate for small home installations (below 4 kWp) is 14.9p for every unit (or kWh) you generate.

You’ll get extra payment for the electricity you don’t use.

Also known as the export tariff. You probably won’t use all the energy you generate, so what’s left over will be exported into the grid. Your electricity provider will pay you an extra 4.64p for every unit. Most suppliers can’t meter this, so they assume you’ll use half the units you produce and pay you for the rest.

You’ll reduce your energy bills.

Electricity generated by your solar panels feeds directly into your house, so it will power any appliances you use during daylight hours. Because the value of the energy you use will increase as electricity prices rise, your income will increase over the 20 years of the contract.

Example. A well-designed 4kWp system will receive feed-in tariff (generation and export tariff) payments of £579.20 a year, and can save up to £328.12 a year on electricity bills. The 16 panels system costs start from £5699 fully installed, so it gets a return on investment of 15.9%.

Tariff rates at a glance

Total installed capacity (kW)



<4kW (new build and retrofit)

>4-10kW

>10-50kW

stand-alone

Generation tariff with eligibility date on or after 1 July 2013 and before 1 January 2014

14.90p/kWh

13.50p/kWh

12.57p/kWh

6.85p/kWh

Lower tariff (if EPC requirement not met) with eligibility date 1 May 2013 – 1 January 2014

6.85p/kWh

6.85p/kWh

6.85p/kWh

6.85p/kWh

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