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The feed-in tariff is still alive & paying out - so why do so many people believe it's finished?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 25 April 2012 at 11:42 am

The phones have stopped ringing for many solar PV companies, and my totally unscientific research indicates that the constant changes and media coverage of it are to blame for a widespread belief that the feed-in tariff is no longer available for solar PV.

This couldn't be further from the truth. Read yesterday's blog post to find out that while returns don't quite meet the highs of the goldrush at the the end of last year, there are still excellent returns to be made: they are way higher the government's target - and way higher than you'll get from the bank.

So what is the word on the street? Yesterday I was speaking to someone who had been planning to install solar PV on his house in earlier this year. The various legal challenges led to it being on, then off, on, off - and he gave up. Until we spoke he thought that the feed-in tariff had ended on 1 April.

I also spoke to an installer earlier this week, whose mother-in-law - an educated woman working in the media - was convinced that it had ended. And this is despite having a specialist in the family.

Another installer was exhibiting at an event I attended last week. It was full of green activists. Yet they too thought that the feed-in tariff had ended.

The challenge now is to debunk the myth and let people know that the feed-in tariff is still open for business; still generous (until the end of June, when the rate of return will reduce); that prices are lower than they have ever been; and installers are waiting for their phones to ring.

So now is the time to check out your local YouGen members, see what their previous customers have to say about them, and give three of them a ring and invite them round to survey your property and give you a quote. Just click here to get started.

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beachlifeComment left on: 10 May 2012 at 3:51 pm

Hi Invento

Have been constantly in touch using the email you gave and by telephone with npower micro generation team since December. I had no problems until the last 2 payments. However I have had my problems esculated by using a contact from the Martin Lewis forum and been promised a payment into my account by 15th May. Hopefully this will resolve my issue, however I still have friends who are waiting for their payments. Will wait to see if the issues Npower have had are finally sorted. Hopefully they will be as it should be a relatively straight forward process of collecting meter readings and making a payment. Funny how they always manage to get payment from me for gas & electricity correct 100% of the time.

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InventoComment left on: 10 May 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi beachlife,

I am with npower. I read my generation meter and sent it off on 15 Dec 11. The cheque arrived on 1 Mar 12. I read it again on 31 Mar 12 and also sent my bank details. The payment arrived in my bank account on 26 Apr 12. They appear to be getting much better. If you have a problem, they can be contacted at

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beachlifeComment left on: 9 May 2012 at 8:31 pm

Maybe some utilities are still paying FIT payments but myself and others I know with Npower have been having problems for the last 2 FIT payments. Be interested if others are having problems with getting payments from Npower.

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Elf Eco Renewables

Elf Eco RenewablesComment left on: 4 May 2012 at 10:37 am

We are working hard in the North East trying to get publicity in the local press to highlight the benefits and continuing high returns that installing a photovoltaic system will bring. 

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Marble Solar Ltd

Marble Solar LtdComment left on: 1 May 2012 at 5:43 pm

Great post!

Solar Companies have to dispel that myth through advertisement and good information because, as you say, Feed-in Tariffs are still alive and working.

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