Feed-In Tariff Scheme (FITS) Explained
Feed-in tariffs schemes (FITS) are new measures introduced by the Government to support the uptake of micro-generation technologies in the UK. To help you understand what FITS’ are and how you could benefit from their introduction we have put together a set of frequently asked questions that explain everything.
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FITS payments are financial support measures introduced by the government to increase the uptake of small-scale renewable generation (<5MWp) and help deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets. The scheme provides renewable generators with a 25 year guaranteed per unit support payments (p/kWh) for photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation
What are the key benefits of the Feed-In Tariff?
The FITS provides three key benefits for anyone installing micro-generation.
- Guaranteed premium payment for all electricity produced.
- Guaranteed price for any electricity exported onto the electricity network. This will be deemed based on the amount electricity generated at a buy-back price of 3p per unit (additional to the FITS shown below).
- Onsite usage of generated electricity, therefore reducing the amount purchased from an electricity supplier.
How much will I receive for generating using solar PV modules?
The table below provides details of the tariff levels that you can expect to receive.
|Technology||Scale||Feed-Tariff Level(2012)||Tariff Lifetime|
|Solar PV||<4kW||21.0||25 Years|
|Solar PV||>4-10kW||16.8||25 Years|
|Solar PV||>10-50kW||15.2||25 Years|
|Solar PV||>50-150kW||12.9||25 Years|
|Solar PV||>150-250kW||12.9||25 Years|
|Solar PV||>250Kw-5MW||8.9||25 Years|
|Solar PV||Stand alone system**||8.9||25 Years|
|“Stand alone means not attached to a building and not wired to provide electricity to an occupied building.|
The tariff levels set out above apply to systems installed before April 2012. Systems installed after this will bill subject to new lower tariff rates: The government proposes that the model incorporates annual “digression” whereby the tariff level will reduce by a fixed percentage for systems installed in the future. Generators will continue to receive the same tariff rate for 25 year period as they did upon installation.
How much will I save?
The amount of money you save will be dependent on the amount of electricity that you generate and how you use this electricity in the home. The feed-In tariff is a ‘premium tariff’ which means that generators will be paid the FITS rate (p/kWh) for their total generation but will also be able to ‘sell’ any electricity they export back to the grid. Customers will receive a guaranteed export payment of 3p/kWh. This is designed to encourage generators to use the electricity they generate within their home so they can benefit further from reducing the need to purchase electricity from a supplier. The below table provides examples of the savings that you could make by installing solar PV panels
|Installed System Size||4kWp||10kWp||50kWp||250kWp|
|Electricity exported (kWh)||1,931||4,779||23,894||119,470|
Feed-In Tariff (untill 1st July 2012)
|Typical import price p/kWh||14.05||14.05||14.05||14.05|
1Average UK tariff price for Midlands distribution area as of 31st March 2012
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