Feed-in tariff changes confirmed
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 9 February 2012 at 12:21 pm
The government's response to phase 1 of the consultation on solar PV feed-in tariff rates was published this morning.
The feed-in tariff rates
The 21p rate of feed-in tariff has been confirmed for solar panel installations of up to and including 4kW with an eligibility date on or after 3 March 2012. The rate will start from 1 April 2012. See here for tariffs for other size installations.
Energy efficiency criteria
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that it will make energy efficiency criteria a condition of receiving the full rate of feed-in tariff.
It has backed down on its original proposal that applicants must have an energy performance certificate of level C to qualify. This would have ruled out 90% of houses.
From 1 April any building to which a solar PV installation is attached or wired must have an EPC of level D. Just under half of all houses currently meet this category (over 70% of housing association and local authority dwellings). Generators who can't demonstrate that they meet the standard will get just 9p per kWh generation tariff.
DECC has also brought in a new lower rate for multi-installations. These will apply to individuals or companies which receive the feed-in tariff payments from 25 or more other solar PV installations (regardless of their eligibility date).
Alongside the response to the consultation on the comprehensive review of tariffs for solar PV phase 1 (which was launched in October last year), DECC has also published two more consultations: one on solar PV cost control, and the other on tariffs for non-solar PV technologies. Details of these will follow shortly.
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