Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Scheme

The feed in tariff (FIT) scheme offers guaranteed cash payments to households who produce their own electricity at home using renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The scheme launched in April 2010 to reward households and community groups in England, Scotland and Wales (but not Northern Ireland) who install their own electricity-generating 'microgeneration' technology with regular and guaranteed payments from the government (which are paid for through a levy on all consumers' energy bills).

We've pulled together everything you need to know about the feed in tariff, including current tariff rates and some example calculations, to help you weigh up all the options.

How does the solar feed in tariff work?

There are three savings elements to the feed in tariff.

  • Generation tariff (G) is a fixed-rate payable to households for the total amount of electricity generated, calculated per unit. The rate you'll receive is determined by when you first registered to join the FIT scheme and the type and size of installation.
  • Export tariff (E) is payable on the units of electricity you export back to the national grid because you haven't used them in your own property. In the case of most small-scale technologies - or unless you already have a two-way smart meter installed - the level of electricity exported is currently calculated on a 50% assumption (called a 'deemed export').
  • Savings on your electricity bills (S) because you'll be generating a portion of your household electricity yourself, your energy bills will be lower.

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