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Feed-in tariff registration: why is it taking so long?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 3 September 2010 at 9:55 am

I've heard a number of complaints from people about how long it's taking to register their solar or wind installation for the feed-in tariff, so when I was talking to Ofgem about grants this week, I asked about that too.

It appears that the delay is mostly in migrating installations that were registered under the renewables obligation (RO) to the feed-in tariff. The necessary legislation wasn't passed until March this year, leaving Ofgem no time to get the system set up before feed-in tariff came in on 1 April.

There are about 6,000 installations in this category, and so far, 1,500 have been migrated across. I am assured that the remaining ones will all be migrated by 1 October.

Most importantly, no one will lose out on any income due as a result of this delay!

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 25 August 2011 at 7:41 am

Yours isn't by any means the first story like this that I've heard. You'd think that 16 months after the introduction of the feed-in tariff the energy companies would have had plenty of time to scale up their FITs departments, and get good systems into place.

Sadly, my feeling is that there's not much you can do about it. Did the Royal Mail lose it, or did E-on? There's no way you can pin it on anyone if it wasn't sent by some sort of guaranteed delivery. Unfair as it is, I suspect you'd put lots of energy into complaining and end up in the same boat.

I think I'm going to change the advice on this site to suggest that everyone sends their registration by registered post.

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T&CBrown

T&CBrownComment left on: 24 August 2011 at 10:32 am

When we discovered that E-On hadn't received our first application to register our system, installed on 27th April 2011 by a registered supplier,  they advised us to send the second application by registered post.  However, they are only using the date of receipt of our second application (18th July 2011) as the start date for calculating our FIT payments.  This means that all electricity generated by our system between the 27th April and the 18th July has been fed into the system completely free of charge.  

Does anyone know if we have any way of recouping this? 

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