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New feed-in tariff rates from April 2011

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 14 March 2011 at 9:12 am

The feed-in tariff is linked to the retail price index, so rates will increase (or decrease) each year in line with inflation. The rates for the year commencing 1 April 2011 will be as follows:

Combined heat and power (CHP)

CHP with electrical capacity of 2kW or less: up 0.5p, to 10.5p per kWh (kilowatt hour).


Less than 15kW:  up by 1p, to 20.9p per kWh
16 -10kW: up by 0.9p, to 18.7p per kWh

Solar PV

Up to 4kW installed on new build: up by 1.7p, to 37.8p per kWh
Up to 4kW retrofitted: up by 2p, to 43.3p per kWh
4 - 10kW: up by 1.7p, to 37.8p per kWh
11 - 100kW: up by 1.5p, to 32.9p per kWh


Up to 1.5kW: up by 1.7p, to 36.2p per kWh
1.6 - 15kW: up by 1.3p, to 28p per kWh
>15 - 100kW: up by 1.2p, to 25.3p per kWh

Early adopters rate (payable to those who installed prior to 15 July 2009): 9.4p per kWh (up from 9p).

The export tariff will increase to 3.1p per kWh (from 3p currently).

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 1 July 2011 at 9:02 am

Hi Metalmikey

These prices show the annual increase by retail price index. There has always been a lower rate for new build - I think that's because the costs of installation are lower on a new build.

As to the question about adding a wind turbine, my understanding is that if you add another system, then you will get the feed-in tariff at the rate for the combined power of the two systems. So if you have a 4kWp solar and a 1.5kWp wind turbine, that's a total of 5.5kWp. You'll get the 37.8p rate for solar, and 28p for wind. But the wording on this is a bit opaque, so the best thing would be to check with your feed in tariff supplier before you go ahead.

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metalmikeyComment left on: 30 June 2011 at 3:18 pm

Im confused on the above changes to prices for the fits

I had thought the previous price for PV on new build was 43.3p pkwh up to a max of 4kwph ?

Stated above is "increase" of 1.7p to  37.8p pkwh. can you explain where i have gone wrong please

Also if u r using pv panels that r producing the max 4kph and receiving the 37.8p pkh can u still additionally fit a wind turbine and also receive the 36.2p pkph up to the max allowed of 1.5kph

In other words are wind turbine and solar fit payments calculated seperately allowing you to clain both or are they combined to give a certain maximum?


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Fred1Comment left on: 15 March 2011 at 6:53 pm

I believe there is also a lump sum payable per customer to the electricity supplier, perhaps £50 or £100 for running the scheme, if I remember well the smaller Elect suppliers get paid more per customer than the big six. Did these change with inflation ? What are the actual lump sum payments per customer ?

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