Feed-in tariffs: how to claim them
Posted by John Martin on 5 July 2010 at 9:39 am
Feed-in tariffs are now up and running and many people are keen to take advantage of the potential returns. This is a guide to how to qualify and apply to receive these payments.
If you are applying for an installation commissioned after 1 April 2010 you will need to ensure the following:
- It must be a photovoltaic, micro-wind, anaerobic digestion, micro-hydro or micro-CHP (combined heat and power) technology
- It must be <50kW (or <2KW for CHP)
- It must have been installed/commissioned by an MCS approved installer
- Connection to the electrical supply must be notified to the DNO (distribution network operator) using a GN83/1 form
- It must be MCS approved equipment
- The installation must include an Ofgem approved total generation meter.
Your installer should sort all of these out for you, but it is worth checking before you give them the go ahead.
When everything mentioned above is in order then you can contact your chosen feed-in tariff provider. All the big energy companies are legally obliged to pay feed-in tariffs, and some of the smaller ones have chosen to do so too. Application will usually involve providing an opening meter reading from your total generation meter (you will not have to buy your electricity from the same supplier that you export any excess to).
Your provider will register you with the Ofgem feed-in tariff central register. Once Ofgem has reviewed and accepted your application you will receive a statement of terms which details commencement date, meter reading submissions and payment details etc. You will need to sign and return this within an agreed period (usually 14 days).
If your installation is greater than 30kW you will also need an export meter, if not you will be paid the export tariff of 3p per kW based on 50% of your total generation or 75% for micro-hydro.
On submission of meter readings you should then receive your FiT payment (usually quarterly )paid by cheque or directly into your bank account.
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