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Can I take my solar panels with me when I move and still get FITs?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 23 July 2012 at 9:59 am

Q: What happens if you have PV installed on your house and you move, and take the PV with you and reinstall it on your new house: do you continue to receive your original feed-in tariff rate?

A: I'm afraid not. Worse that that, you don't get any feed-in tariff at all. If you reinstall your solar PV system it will count as second hand and, as such, will not be eligible for the feed-in tariff.

You would be better to impress on potential buyers  (and your estate agent) the benefits they gain from the solar installation on your current house, with the aim of recouping your investment. Then use that to install a new system at your new property. If your original installation is much over a year old you will find that a new one costs significantly less.

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Rebecca Hunter

Rebecca HunterComment left on: 26 September 2015 at 12:49 pm

What happens to my MCS FiT if I need to remove solar panels eg:

to maintain my roof (putting them back in the same locations afterwards)? 

to accomodate an extension to my property (putting the same panels back  in a different location/orientation on the roof of the (unextended) property OR not replacing one or more panels at all such that the overall number of panels reduces?

Many thanks in advance for any pointers on this?


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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 30 July 2012 at 8:37 am

Good luck with that Robert. I look forward to hearing how you get on. I guess as more an more people get solar panels, estate agents will get more clued up. It seems to me such an easy benefit to sell, that I'm surprised they aren't jumping at it...

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RobertPalgraveComment left on: 29 July 2012 at 10:24 am

"Impress on the estate agent the value of the panels you have installed"

Something I'm trying to do at the moment, and it's clear to me that estate agents are pretty ignorant. 

A thought I had - since my 2kWp system from August 2011 is eligible for the original 43p FiT, is to 'sell' it on the basis that if you wanted to get the same FiT income from a new installation with a FiT rate of 16p, its yield would need to be over 2.5 times as much, meaning (roughly) a capacity of 5kWp.

(I know this is not precise because the value of the avoided grid purchased units would be somewhat higher as well with a 5kWp system).

In a way, my 'early adopter' investment at the higher installation prices being charged a year ago is more valuable now because of the FiT rate changes.

I have little expectation of getting an estate agent to follow this logic, just hope I can find a receptive purchaser.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 26 July 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hi Richard

I've had an answer from DECC and any second hand kit under 50kW must be MCS accredited, so it doesn't look as though your turbine will be eligible. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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Richard Taylor

Richard TaylorComment left on: 23 July 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thanks your further investigation on the first point, would a second hand but presently still "grid tied" (although not currently in use) RoCS/Clear skies installed turbine be ok for the extended 28p FIT rate if refitted elsewhere and in time by an approved MCS installer ? 

Please let me know as soon as you can....thanks again....Richard.

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Richard Taylor

Richard TaylorComment left on: 23 July 2012 at 4:15 pm the same vein but regarding wind turbines, what is the situation regarding the dismantling/reinstalling of second hand  turbines if annually serviced and in good condition......but which is not on the current MCS approved product list....although originally erected on a site under the old RoCS/Clear Skies scheme when this small grant scheme was up and running a few years back ?? 

Is it current brand new MCS approved and installed turbines only.....or is there any leeway if perfectly good previously approved turbines are re-used to qualify for the present FIT rates ?

Also I hear a rumour that the small turbine FIT rates are to be extended until 1st December 2012 instead of ending on the 30/09/2012...Is this true to your knowledge or just another rumour?

With thanks....Richard.




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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 23 July 2012 at 3:26 pm

Richard - To take you're second question first: It's not a rumour. It's true. The reduced FIT rates for wind won't come in until 1 December. The government published its response to the 2B consultation on FITs on Friday, and you can read a summary of the main changes here.

On the second hand issue: apparently second-hand and refurbished equipment is already allowed to be eligible for FITs, as long as it has not received support under the RO or FITs previously. I didn't realise that - in fact I thought that it wasn't eligible - until today when I read the consultation response document. I am going to do a bit of digging to find out how that works though.

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