Standalone solar PV defined for feed-in tariffs
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 March 2012 at 9:16 am
Understanding the difference between standalone and on-site renewables is important as it makes quite a difference to the rate of generation tariff you get from the feed-in tariff. For example, if you install a 4kW system on-site, you will receive 21p per kWh. If it's standalone, you'll be paid just 8.9p.
Here's the definition from Gemserv, the body which oversees the Microgeneration Certification System (MCS):
"Standalone means not attached to a building and not wired to provide electricity to an occupied building".
This is the same definition that is in the FIT Licence Modifications’ tariff table. An example of a standalone installation would be for example, a field of PV that is not connected to a building but is grid connected.
The definition of standalone relates to the attachment to a building and a building can be either on or off-grid. There is no specific definition of non-standalone as that would be considered a normal site where the installation is attached to a building.
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