The Quick Guide to the Feed-In Tariffs

This a short overview to the Feed-In Tariffs. If you want to find out even more, go to our dedicated Feed-In Tariffs information site: www.fitariffs.co.uk.

What are the Feed-In Tariffs?

It is a set of Government defined tariffs which your utility company must pay you for every kilowatt hour of electricity you produce from your own renewable energy systems. The Feed-In Tariffs are for everyone – homeowners, tenants, businesses, schools, hospitals, farmers or landlords.

How much money are the Feed-In Tariffs worth?

First of all you will save money by having to import less electricity because you will be generating a lot of what you use.

Secondly, your utility company will pay you up to 21p/kWh for the electricity you generate and use yourself. It depends on exactly what systems you use and how large they are as to what the exact tariff level is.

Thirdly, your utility company will pay you an additional 3.1p/kWh for the electricity you export back to the grid

How long do the tariffs last?

A minimum of 20 years, except for solar PV which will last 25 years. For more information, see the table below.

Is that long enough to cover the installation costs?

Yes, is the simple answer. In fact, we estimate that most of our customers will earn enough money from the tariffs to pay off their installation costs in about ten years.

When did they start?

The scheme started on 1 April 2010.

Are there any restrictions?

The tariffs apply to all the technologies listed on this site for properties that use up to 5 megawatts. That is an enormous energy consumption that only a large factory or industrial site would exceed.

Of course, there are plenty of technical eligibility requirements but that’s what Ownergy is here to take care of.

Feed-In Tariff levels

A complete listing of all Feed-In Tariff levels for systems installed before April 2012.

Energy SourceScaleGeneration Tariff

(p/kWh)[A]

Duration

(years)

 
Anaerobic digestion≤250kW14.020
Anaerobic digestion>250kW – 500kW13.020
Hydro≤15 kW20.920
Hydro>15 – 100kW18.720
Hydro>100kW – 2MW11.520
Hydro>2MW – 5MW4.720
Micro-CHP[B]<2 kW10.510
Solar PV≤4 kW new[C]21.025
Solar PV≤4 kW retrofit[C]21.025
Solar PV>4-10kW16.825
Solar PV>10 – 50kW15.225
Solar PV>50kW – 250kW12.925
Solar PV>250kW – 5MW8.925
Solar PVStandalone[C]8.9 25
Wind≤1.5kW36.220
Wind>1.5 – 15kW28.020
Wind>15 – 100kW25.320
Wind>100 – 500kW19.720
Wind>500kW – 1.5MW9.920
Wind>1.5MW – 5MW4.720
Existing generators transferred from RO9.4to 2027

Notes:
[A]: These tariffs are index-linked for inflation.
[B]: This tariff is available only for 30,000 micro-CHP installations, subject to a review when 12,000 units have been installed.
[C]: These terms are defined as follows:

  •  “Retrofit” means installed on a building which is already occupied
  •  “New Build” means where installed on a new building before first occupation
  •  “Stand-alone” means not attached to a building and not wired to provide electricity to an occupied building

Once a system has been registered, the tariff levels are guaranteed for the period of the tariff and index-linked as described above. For systems registered in future years, some tariff levels will be adjusted to account for expected reductions in system prices (so-called “degression”). For household customers producing energy mainly for their own use, the tariff income is also free from income tax.