If you generate electricity in your home you can get paid for it through the government backed Feed-In Tariff! And you don’t have to pay to use the electricity that you generate.
Currently you can install an electricity generating technology in your home, such as solar panels or a domestic wind turbine, and use it to generate your own electricity free of charge, saving you money on your energy bills.
Under the Feed-In Tariff scheme, your energy supplier pays you for each unit of electricity generated as well as any electricity you do not use and export to the Grid. This helps to reduce the payback time of your installation, and can even make you money after the installation has paid for itself. Being guaranteed by the government means it is very secure, and the payments are linked to inflation so that you will continue to receive a strong return on your investment for the period of the scheme – up to 20 years in some cases.
Very soon you will also be able to receive payments for generating heat too. Certain low carbon technologies will qualify for payments for the heat that they generate through the Renewable Heat Incentive.
There is almost certainly a technology that is suitable for your home that will qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff. This will depend on your home but with a little information it is possible to see which energy generating solutions would be best for you.
The Technologies that can qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff are:
- Solar Electricity (PV) – Up to 20 years
- Wind Power – Up to 20 years
- Micro CHP – Combined Heat & Power – Up to 10 years and this is limited to a pilot stage of 30,000 installations
- Hydro Power – Up to 20 years
- Anaerobic digestion – Up to 20 years
- Will I need a special meter to be able to claim FIT payments?
- Generation must be metered and Feed-In Tariff payments are made to generators on the basis of metered generation. This means that you will need a generation meter, as your meter will need to be able to measure your electricity generation. DECC has announced that for now, the amount of exported electricity used in the calculation of payment of export tariffs can be deemed (estimated), subject to the following:
- These arrangements will only apply until the finalising of specifications for smart meters;
- These arrangements do not apply if export meters exist already, or are provided at the generator's expense
- My system is not connected to the electricity grid - can I still claim the Feed-in Tariff?
- Yes, you will be eligible to receive a generation tariff at the tariff rate that is applicable for the type and capacity of the generating technology.
- Why are they called 'Feed-In' Tariffs?
- This sort of tariff was first introduced in Germany in the 1990s and it applied only to power which was 'fed in' to the electricity grid, hence the name. The tariffs in the UK apply to all the electricity the system produces, whether it is used on site or fed back in to the grid, so the name is actually a misnomer (they are really 'production tariffs').
- What is renewable electricity?
- It is power produced from a sustainable source such as solar, wind, or biomass. Electricity from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas or from nuclear stations is not renewable.
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